September 20, 2012 in Environmental quality, Region

Wildfire smoke settles in Spokane

Air quality worsens
Staff reports
 
Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency photo

This image was captured at 6 a.m. today by a camera located on the rooftop of the Spokane Regional Health District Building, located one block south of the county courthouse. The camera is pointing toward Mt. Spokane, which is 23 miles to the northeast. On a clear day, the mountain is visible in the left portion of the photo.
(Full-size photo)

Smoke continued to settle across the Inland Northwest throughout Wednesday evening and this morning as wildfires spread.

The haze delivered a spectacular sunset; however the region’s air quality dipped into the unhealthy zone for people with respiratory problems, according to the latest information from the Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency.

Residents in cities west of Spokane closer to the fires across the dry eastern slopes and foothills of the Cascade Range are coping with ash and hazardous air quality.

In Spokane the air quality is measured hourly.

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