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Update: Friday, September 7, 9:35 am: Current air quality is the “Moderate” or “Yellow” level on the Air Quality Index. Click here for current information and forecast. 

Moderate
51-100

Some people who may be unusually sensitive to particle pollution.

Unusually sensitive people: Consider reducing prolonged or heavy exertion. Watch for symptoms such as coughing or shortness of breath. These are signs to take it easier.

Everyone else: It’s a good day to be active outside.

 

Air Quality Forecast: Southwest winds ahead of today’s cold front are transporting additional wildfire smoke (PM-2.5) through our area this morning, which could push air quality into the AQI-Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups range briefly before the winds and frontal passage eventually disperse much of the smoke (PM-2.5)from our area by early Saturday. Occasionally breezy winds and cooler temperatures through the weekend should help to limit smoke (PM-2.5) impacts from the Cascade wildfires, but current smoke models indicate possible periods of additional smoke (PM-2.5) if we get a more direct flow from the Cascade fires. A lot depends on changes in the winds and fire activity, but for now, improving conditions should bring air quality from the AQI-Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups range into the AQI-Good range on Saturday before a possible return to the AQI-Moderate range on Sunday and Monday.

Visit our Wildfire Smoke & Air Quality webpage for more information and helpful links.

Our agency, along with our partner agency Spokane Regional Health District (SRHD) want residents to take the necessary health precautions during wildfire season.

“Wildfire smoke has the potential to significantly impact air quality, as we’ve seen over the past few summers. Smoke is a mix of gases and fine particles. The severity of its impact depends on weather patterns. If the air isn’t moving, the concentration of fine particles increases,” said Julie Oliver, executive director of Spokane Clean Air.

Breathing in smoke can make anyone sick, including symptoms such as:

·        Coughing

·        Trouble breathing normally

·        Stinging eyes

·        A scratchy throat

·        Runny nose

·        Irritated sinuses

·        Wheezing and shortness of breath

·        Chest pain

·        Headaches

·        An asthma attack

·        Tiredness

·        Fast heartbeat

"Smoke from wildfires is especially harmful for those with health conditions like asthma or heart disease. We recommend people who are sensitive to poor air quality have a plan in place with their health care provider for breathing management and keep medications on hand," said Dr. Bob Lutz, SRHD health officer.

Children are more susceptible to smoke as their respiratory systems are still developing, they breathe more air (and air pollution) per pound of body weight than adults, and they are more likely to be active outdoors.

Individuals who are more susceptible to the effects of smoke should plan to limit their time outdoors when air quality is poor. Here are some additional steps people can take to prepare themselves:

   Additional information about wildfire smoke can be found here

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