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Update: Friday, August 17, 9:15 am: Currently air quality is in the "Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups" or "Orange" on the Air Quality Index for fine smoke particles. Click here for current information and forecast. 

Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups

Sensitive groups include people with heart or lung disease, older adults, children and teenagers.

Sensitive groups: Reduce prolonged or heavy exertion. It’s OK to be active outside, but take more breaks and do less intense activities. Watch for symptoms such as coughing or shortness of breath.

People with asthma should follow their asthma action plans and keep quick relief medicine handy.

If you have heart disease: Symptoms such as palpitations, shortness of breath, or unusual fatigue may indicate a serious problem. If you have any of these, contact your heath care provider.

Air Quality Forecast for Today/Tomorrow: This morning’s weak cold front will bring a few scattered showers along with slightly cooler temperatures and southerly winds to the region. Wildfire smoke currently pooled up from regional wildfires will partially disperse to our north, providing a noticeable improvement in air quality through Saturday. Things will begin to change on Sunday, with current forecast models indicating a chance of additional smoke from the Cascade and Canadian wildfires as the winds return to a northerly flow. Depending on changes in the winds and fire activity, air quality could degrade quickly, but for now air quality should be in the Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups range or better for most of Friday and Saturday, but might eventually reach the Unhealthy range on Sunday and Monday as more wildfire smoke from the north flows into the region.

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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