The blaze was part of an outbreak of wildfires on both ends of the state. Together, they were blamed for 44 deaths.
A fire tore through a mobile home park in Okanogan County’s Elmer City on Tuesday, destroying several homes and displacing multiple families.
County fire crews are battling at least two brush fires along Interstate 90, near Medical Lake and Cheney.
As Washington and Idaho wind down on one of the worst fire seasons on record, several blazes continue to burn unabated as they eat up firefighting efforts and spew smoke into the atmosphere.
After days of easy breathing, Spokane’s air dipped into unhealthy ranges Thursday morning just as kids returned to school for the year.
About a quarter inch of rain fell over much of Eastern Washington and North Idaho Sunday and Monday morning, clearing out smoke and dampening the thirsty landscape.
While some politicians are trying very hard right now to remain blind to the role of climate change in wildfires, the fact that global warming is driving the growth of Western wildfires is not a matter of debate among the people who study it.
Spokane was reported to have the worst air quality in the nation Monday morning, and although conditions had improved by the afternoon, experts said there would probably be smoke in the air for days to come.
The air in Spokane is bad. But not as bad.
Air quality in Spokane remains in the “unhealthy” category for the third straight day.