Smoke hurting air quality in Spokane, Coeur d’Alene

SPOKANE, Wash.– As expected, air quality is dropping on Friday thanks to a change in wind direction. Winds out of the east and northeast are bringing in wildfire smoke from the Coeur d’Alene Mountains and Western Montana.

As of 1:30 p.m. Friday, air quality sank to Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups (level orange) after starting the day in the Good to Moderate range. When air quality reaches this level, people who know they are particularly sensitive to smoke should take every precaution to stay inside. Everyone else should begin limiting their time outside and be aware that smoke-related health symptoms could develop, according to the Washington Department of Environmental Quality.

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Source: Washington Smoke Blog

Winds are going to remain brisk out of the east-northeast and will continue to pull in smoke from several fires burning in the Cabinet Mountains of Montana, this Bull Gin Complex of wildfires will continue to be the primary culprit for smoke in Kootenai and Spokane counties Friday and Saturday.

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