October 23, 2017

Smoke drives air quality to unhealthy category

11 August 2017, 11:00 | Silvia Roy

UPDATE: Air quality alert extended

When Will The Smoke Dissipate?

The air quality index from the state of Washington's Department of Ecology had Spokane rated at 166.

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The National Weather Service is forecasting east-northeast, south-southwest and west-southwest winds during the day, which may give us a break from the smoke today. That, she added, will depend on whether there are high winds as well as surface winds since the smoke has drifted here at higher altitudes.

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No good air quality was recorded at any of the air monitors in Eastern Washington on Monday, Dahmmapala said, with most locations reading unhealthy air.

The department says conditions are not likely to be as extreme as last week, but ozone levels are still expected to reach the "unhealthy for sensitive groups" range in the Portland and Vancouver metro areas. When air quality is Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups, people with heart or lung disease, children and the elderly should limit prolonged outdoor exertion.

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