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August 30, 2021

Be cautious of where you find your air quality data

As wildfire smoke continues to cloud our air, it’s important to know where to get reliable, accurate air quality data that corresponds to national, health-based standards. With the influx of air quality apps and various scales of calculation, you may be wondering where to turn. Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency (Spokane Clean Air) uses seven…
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August 18, 2021

Ford Corkscrew Fire quickly degrades Spokane’s air quality

On Tuesday, August 17, 2021, winds unexpectedly shifted and quickly brought smoke from the Ford Corkscrew Fire into the Spokane area. Within an hour, air quality degraded from Moderate/Yellow to Unhealthy/Red. During this time, the peak hourly reading was 194 at the Augusta and Fiske monitoring site. Fortunately, the smoke impact was short-lived. The unhealthy…
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August 12, 2021

Air Quality Alert in effect through 10 a.m. Monday, August 16

SPOKANE, Wash – Based on current wildfires, smoke levels and weather patterns, an air quality alert is in effect for all counties east of the Cascades, announced the National Weather Service after coordination with state and local air quality agencies across the state. The alert will be in effect through 10 a.m., Monday. The local…
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August 5, 2021

The return of wildfire smoke

We typically don’t see wildfire smoke until mid-August, but wildfires began peppering the landscape in our region early. Compounding the start to fire season this year is a severe drought and record heat. Smoke from fires created unhealthy air in late July and early August. If you were caught off guard, you likely weren’t the…
View of downtown Spokane on a smoky day.
August 2, 2021

Weekend wildfire smoke results in air quality over health standard; Air Quality Alert issued

Monday, August 2, 2021 –Saturday, July 31, 2021 and Sunday, August 1, 2021’s wildfire smoke caused exceedances of the 24-hour, health-based standard for fine particles (PM2.5) for the first time this year. Based on current smoke forecast models, air quality will likely continue to be unhealthy over the next few days, prompting the National Weather…
air monitor at Airway Heights
August 1, 2021

Air monitoring network

Spokane Clean Air uses seven air quality monitoring locations throughout Spokane County to determine the air quality for our region’s airshed. Thisnetwork of air quality monitoring stations enables us to notify the public when air quality is approaching unhealthful levels and to encourage clean air actions to help reduce air pollution. Included in the seven…
View of downtown Spokane from Kendall Yards
July 30, 2021

Wildfire smoke expected to impact air quality this weekend

Based on the current smoke forecast models, air quality will likely worsen through the weekend as northeasterly surface winds transport additional wildfire smoke (PM2.5) from the north and east of our area and wildfire smoke begins to form a persistent pool east of the Cascades, according to the Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency (Spokane Clean…
View of Spokane with wildfire smoke
July 21, 2021

Wildfire smoke leads to ground-level ozone pollution exceedance in July 2021

Spokane experienced two exceedances of the health-based standard set by EPA for ground-level ozone pollution in July 2021. The exceedances were due to elevated levels of wildfire smoke in our region combined with hot, sunny days. Ground-level ozone exceedances are determined using the 8-hour maximum average of the pollutant to find if levels are above…

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