Spokane wakes up to worst air quality in the country

Spokane wakes up to worst air quality in the country
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Smoke rolled into parts of the Inland Northwest Monday. 

Wildfire smoke once again blew into the region late Monday, causing Spokane to wake up to the worst air quality in the country Tuesday morning. It quickly receded, downgrading Spokane’s air quality to ‘moderate.’

As of 2:00 p.m., Spokane had an Air Quality Index of 82, according to the Environmental Protection Agency’s air monitoring site AirNow. That level is considered unhealthy to breathe.

Earlier in the day the air quality was at 152, which is in the ‘unhealthy’ category.

The smoke in the Inland Northwest is coming from a handful of fires burning across the region. The Williams Flats Fire has burned nearly 17,000 acres on the Colville Indian Reservation. Crews are still working to get a hand on containment.

A brush fire is also burning in Sandpoint. The fire is burning north of the Bandy Ranch area and south of Priest River.

Find the latest on air quality conditions here.

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