Wildfires create smoky skies over Inland Northwest Sunday

Spokane and Coeur d’Alene woke up to hazy skies on Sunday as smoke rolled in from the Williams Flats Fire.

Early Sunday morning, Spokane’s air quality was ranked in the ‘unhealthy for some groups’ range.’ By the afternoon, though, it had quickly rebounded to the ‘good’ range. The air quality was likely a direct result of flames in central Washington.

The Williams Flats Fire has burned over 8,200 acres on the Colville Indian Reservation. Fire authorities said lightning sparked the fire on Friday.

If you are smelling smoke around the Inland NW this AM, your olfactory senses aren’t deceiving you. Visible satellite showing abundant smoke across the Spokane/CdA area and much of the Columbia Basin. All of this smoke is coming from the #williamsflatsfire #wawx #idwx pic.twitter.com/cjZA4DWARE

— NWS Spokane (@NWSSpokane) August 4, 2019

The National Weather Service in Spokane said the smoke began moving into Spokane Saturday evening and north-northeast winds pushed it into Ritzville. More north winds on Sunday will bring more smoke into the Columbia Basin while haze and patchy smoke will linger throughout Spokane.

For the latest updates on Spokane’s air quality, click here.

When wildfire smoke causes air quality to deteriorate, it’s best for anyone who has a sensitive health conditions or lung concerns to limit time outdoors.

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Wildfires create smoky skies over Inland Northwest Sunday