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News & Notices


September 14, 2022

Air quality failed health standards five consecutive days; welcomed improvements today

Spokanites, rejoice! Our county is finally getting some reprieve from the wildfire smoke that has plagued us for days.
September 13, 2022

Air quality will slowly improve today and tomorrow.

It\’ll take some time to clear out all of this smoke! Air quality should slowly improve throughout today to the AQI – Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups/Orange range this afternoon/evening and early Wednesday.
September 12, 2022

Heavy smoke continues today, reprieve is in sight.

Wildfire smoke will continue to stick around, although a reprieve is in sight for tomorrow afternoon. Meanwhile, protect your health by reducing your exposure to smoke. Here are some ways you can do this:
September 10, 2022

Wildfire smoke…steps to reduce your exposure

Wildfire smoke is affecting air quality this weekend. Smoke creates hazy skies, but it can also take its toll on your health. Protect your health by reducing your exposure to smoke. Here are some ways you can do this…
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…