SPOKANE, Wash.– Environmental officials in Washington and Idaho issued Air Quality Alerts around the Inland Northwest for this weekend. This is in anticipation of some quick changes in weather, more specifically shifting winds.

Despite cooler weather than in recent weeks, low humidity is also expected Friday through Sunday which should fuel fire growth and smoke production. Winds will shift out of the east on Friday and turn out of the south by Sunday morning. This wind change will bring smoke from fires in Central Idaho, Eastern Oregon, and Western Montana. This will likely lead to degraded air quality in most of North Idaho, Spokane, and the Palouse.

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