Smoke clears out of Spokane, moves into Sandpoint

Smoke clears out of Spokane, moves into Sandpoint

Smoke from the 243 fire in Grant County remains a concern throughout the Inland Northwest.

The fire started late Monday night and quickly grew to over 5,000 acres. As of this writing, firefighters have been unable to contain the fire.

Air quality in Spokane fell to ‘unhealthy’ levels on Tuesday, according to the Spokane Regional Clear Air Agency. The index applies to the entire county and is updated on an hourly basis.

The National Weather Service in Spokane reported the city’s air quality was the worst in the country Tuesday night.

It a dubious honor and certainly not one most of us would choose, but the current air quality in Spokane (red=unhealthy) at 8 pm PDT was the worst in the country. #wawx

— NWS Spokane (@NWSSpokane) June 5, 2019

Air conditions improved substantially by Wednesday morning. As of 3:35 a.m., the air quality index had improved slightly to the ‘unhealthy for sensitive groups’ range. As of 5:35, it was up to the ‘moderate’ range.

Though conditions are improving in Spokane, they are getting worse in Sandpoint. Smoke has moved over into North Idaho. Early Wednesday, Sandpoint was listed as having the worst air quality in the coutnry, according to AirNow. As of 7:40 a.m., that no longer remained true, but conditions are still in the moderate range.

Depending on the fire activity and the winds throughout the day, air quality levels could change quickly. You can check the latest level here.

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