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News & Notices


View of downtown Spokane on a smoky day.
July 8, 2022

Be Smoke-Ready

Summer is here and plans are well underway for a variety of outdoor activities. Protect your health by having a back-up plan if it gets smoky outside.
July 8, 2022

The heat, the sunshine…it’s ozone season in Spokane.

Summer is in full swing and so is the heat. Temperatures have now settled into the seasonal upper 80s and 90s. As the temperature heats up, ground-level ozone pollution tends to increase as well. So what exactly is ozone? Good up high, bad nearby Ozone can be found in two locations – in the Earth’s…
May 20, 2022

May I burn outdoors? Answers to this FAQ…

Spring is the time of year when we receive the most inquiries from area residents about outdoor burning on private property.
May 19, 2022

Yesterday’s winds caused a short spike in air pollution

Yesterday afternoon’s winds brought in dust from the Columbia Basin. The screenshot of the dust event shows data collected at Turnbull Wildlife Refuge. It was a short-lived spike, thankfully. Dust (particulate matter) climbed very close to the Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups/Orange on the Air Quality Index (AQI). These charts can be found on our Current…
Orange wildflowers with blue sky.
May 6, 2022

Celebrate Air Quality Awareness Week

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and their partners are promoting Air Quality Awareness Week. To support these efforts, we’ll share information each day this week. Check back each day for more info and links to resources. Be Air Aware & Prepared.
View of City of Spokane downtown buildings through trees.
April 21, 2022

State of the Air report underscores wildfire smoke impact on air quality in the Pacific NW

Over a three year period, 2018-2020, Spokane had 23 days of unhealthy air quality due to wildfire smoke.
April 11, 2022

Winds can create dusty conditions; take steps to protect your lungs

This time of year, air quality can be affected by dust from windy conditions. When it is dusty, it is important to take precautions to protect your health.
View of City of Spokane downtown buildings through trees.
April 8, 2022

Air Quality Monitoring Stations

Spokane Clean Air maintains a network of air quality monitoring stations located throughout Spokane County. Stationary monitors measure concentrations of air pollutants of concern: particulate matter and ground-level ozone.