Smoke from the Taylor Bridge Fire has prompted air quality warnings in Spokane County.
Right now Spokane's air quality index is at 71, which is just shy of what's considered unhealthy for people with respiratory problems.
The good news is that the haze over Spokane isn't the result of stagnant air but from a plume of smoke from the Taylor Bridge Fire, which means the smoke will blow out of the area as soon as the wind changes direction.
Monday's five acre fire near Spokane Falls Community College was just a preview of the smoke still to come. Overnight, the brown haze from the Taylor Bridge Fire in Cle Elum started to drift into the area.
Despite it's fiery origins, the smog doesn't smell like smoke because at this point it only contains the smallest of particulates, which can still cause respiratory distress for people who are at risk.
"It's a particular problem for people who have heart or lung problems, at the levels we have right now it might be people with asthma," Rowe said.
Spokane actually experiences much worse air pollution in the winter, when weather balloons show that warm air aloft traps dirty air, including a lot of wood smoke near the surface.
As for the air quality looking forward to the rest of the week, things are looking up.
"We're expecting a wind shift overnight, that should help with our air quality tomorrow. Air quality should be a little better tomorrow," Rowe said.
Pollution levels actually started dropping Tuesday afternoon.