SPOKANE, Wash. - Smoke from several wildfires burning in the western United States is causing alarming air quality levels in Spokane and the Inland Northwest.
At 1:15 p.m. on Monday, the Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency listed Spokane's current air quality index at 201, in the 'Very Unhealthy' category. By Monday evening, the ranking was down to 245. That's just one step away from 'Hazardous.'
The smoke that's sitting over Spokane is coming from three directions, according to the National Weather Service. Fires burning in central Washington, as well as Montana, Idaho, and British Columbia, are all contributing to Spokane's hazy skies.
The National Weather Service Spokane says it's possible that relief could come late Wednesday. For more information on Spokane's air quality, and the effects it could have on your health, check here.
We've received numerous phone calls and messages about ash falling from the sky and covering cars across Eastern Washington and North Idaho.
Stevens County Fire District 1 said on their Facebook page this morning that although the ash can be concerning, it does not pose a significant fire threat here.
The hot and dry summer, though, has created dangerous fire conditions. Fire Danger is listed as 'VERY HIGH/EXTREME' in Spokane county as well as almost all counties in the state of Washington. Burning restrictions can be found here.