An Air Quality Alert has been issued by the following agencies:
Washington Department of Ecology in Spokane
Washington Department of Ecology in Yakima
Nez Perce Tribe
Colville Confederated Tribes
Community Coeur d'Alene Tribe
Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency
Kootenai Tribe of Idaho
Washington Counties within the Air Quality
Idaho Counties within the Air Quality Alert Include:
...AIR QUALITY ALERT UNTIL 10AM FRIDAY...
Unhealthy air will be common across eastern Washington and north
Idaho due to the large wildfires currently burning around the region.
The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has issued a Stage
1 Air Quality Forecast and Caution to notify residents of Benewah,
Bonner, Boundary, Kootenai, Shoshone, Latah, Nez Perce, Lewis,
Clearwater, and Idaho Counties of degraded air quality. Due to smoke
from wildfires around the western U.S. and areas in north Idaho and
is forecast to continue to be degraded for the next several days. The
pollutant of concern is Fine Particulate Matter (PM2.5).
Children, the elderly, and individuals with respiratory illnesses
are most at risk of serious health effects. If you experience
respiratory distress, you should speak with your physician.
Some improvement in ventilation will be possible toward the end of
the week. The air quality alert will be reassessed on Friday for the
weekend based on these trends and upcoming weather conditions.
For additional information on wildland fire smoke impacting
Washington visit the Washington smoke blog at
http://wasmoke.blogspot.com and for current Washington air quality
levels, visit https://fortress.wa.gov/ecy/enviwa/ or airnow.gov.
You may also contact your local air quality agency.
Additional information for health recommendations, air quality, and
wildfire information for Idaho can be found on the Idaho Smoke
Information Blog at http://idsmoke.blogspot.com/