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Wildfires and smoke provide a peek into the future

Ash falling on Seattle and Portland. Air so thick with smoke it’s hazardous for everyone in Spokane, regardless of age or health.


Take smoky skies seriously, stay indoors

Wet springs and hot, dry summers provide the perfect setting for wildfires, and the Northwest is ablaze with significant fires in Washington, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Canada and Northern California.


Wildfires and smoke provide a peek into the future

Ash falling on Seattle and Portland. Air so thick with smoke it’s hazardous for everyone in Spokane, regardless of age or health.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 5, 2017, 9:28 p.m.

Spokane family escapes Eagle Creek fire, ‘will never again be unprepared for a hike’

A Spokane family heard the bang about 4 p.m. that transformed their refreshing Saturday hike past waterfalls in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area into a chilling overnight ordeal.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 5, 2017, 7:21 p.m.

Spokane-area stores striving to keep face masks in stock

It seems the white, gauze-like facial air filters are nearly everywhere, except maybe in some local stores. Supplies of the masks have been depleted by smoke-wary residents at merchants big …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 5, 2017, 8:26 p.m.

Smoke and poor air quality play havoc with college, high school teams

From Pullman to the Canadian border, from colleges to high schools, smoky skies played havoc with local sports teams Tuesday.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 5, 2017, 8:28 p.m.

Unhealthy air quality forces move of NWL playoff opener from Spokane to Vancouver for entire series

The Spokane Indians Northwest League playoff opener Tuesday evening was postponed because of Spokane’s poor air quality.


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 7, 2017, 5:20 p.m.

Here’s a list of major fires contributing to Spokane’s smoky air

Dozens of fires are burning in Washington, Idaho and Oregon. Here’s a breakdown of the major ones.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 5, 2017, 5:31 p.m.

Ash covers Oregon cities, wildfire smoke chokes West

A growing Oregon wildfire covered parts of Portland’s metropolitan area Tuesday with ash and prompted the shutdown of a lengthy stretch of highway through the state’s scenic Columbia River Gorge.


High school outdoor activites canceled throughout region

All outdoor games and practices were canceled by high schools throughout the Inland Northwest on Tuesday.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 5, 2017, 8:10 p.m.

Idaho DEQ issues rare statewide air quality alert; bans all open burning

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality has issued a rare statewide air quality advisory, running through 10 a.m. Thursday, banning all open burning statewide, including campfires.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 5, 2017, 4:50 p.m.

Washington’s air quality map crashed this morning because of high traffic. Here’s another option.

So many Washington residents tried to get information on the region’s smoky air Tuesday morning that they crashed the website operated by a state agency.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 5, 2017, 1:52 p.m.

Spokane schools keeping kids indoors because of hazardous wildfire smoke

Spokane schools are canceling sports practices and keeping students indoors to protect them from the hazardous wildfire smoke that has blanketed the region.


Wildfires spark air quality warnings throughout Idaho

Air quality throughout Idaho has become unhealthy thanks to wildfire smoke settling in from the Pacific Northwest.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 5, 2017, 9:52 a.m.

Highway remains closed as Oregon fire jumps to Washington

A lengthy stretch of highway east of Portland, Oregon, remained closed Tuesday morning as crews battled a growing wildfire that has also caused evacuations and sparked blazes across the Columbia …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 5, 2017, 4:28 p.m.

Tuesday morning air quality levels remain hazardous in Spokane region

Air quality in Spokane remained “hazardous” overnight. The air quality index at 4 a.m. Tuesday was above 300 at the five working air monitors that measure particulate matter in Spokane …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 5, 2017, 8:12 a.m.

In spite of smoke, Spokane Symphony forges on with Labor Day concert

The Spokane Symphony decided to go ahead with its annual free concert in Comstock Park Monday evening in spite of unhealthy air quality levels.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 5, 2017, 5:25 p.m.

Air in Spokane hazardous as wildfire smoke fills city

The wildfire smoke blanketing Spokane is expected to linger – and perhaps worsen – through Wednesday as health officials warned residents to seek refuge inside during the waning days of …


Air quality improving in Spokane area

Smoky skies remain in the Inland Northwest, but air quality is improving. Monitors in the Spokane area, which mostly measured air quality in the “unhealthy” range Wednesday night, were showing …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 30, 2017, 6:23 p.m.

Wildfires burn around Oregon; 4,500 people evacuated

Wildfires in Oregon are burning an area roughly equivalent to half the state of Rhode Island, affecting air quality throughout the state and forcing the evacuations of more than 4,500 …


Hazy skies hampering air quality

The hazy air in Spokane measured as unhealthy for sensitive groups Tuesday afternoon on air quality monitors.


Wildfire smoke from Oregon drifting into Spokane

Wildfire smoke returned to the region Tuesday and is expected to hover in the air at upper elevations through Wednesday


Weathercatch: Thermostat reset and a breather from smoky skies

The Pacific Northwest received a break from smoky skies over the weekend when a high pressure dome began dissipating.


Air quality again in ‘unhealthy’ category

Incoming smoke on Friday pushed air quality to “unhealthy” in Spokane, the Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency reported. Air quality in the region has been reaching the “unhealthy” or “unhealthy …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 10, 2017, 6:53 p.m.

Residents of smoke-choked Montana town advised to leave

The smoke pouring into a small Montana town from a nearby wildfire has gotten so bad that health officials are warning residents to leave the area, or at least find …


Air pollution advisory extended until Friday

An air pollution advisory for Portland has been extended until noon Friday as haze from Northwest wildfires remains in the region.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 8, 2017, 6:37 a.m.

Break in poor air quality could come early next week

Air quality goes to unhealthy under what’s likely to be a record-breaking heat wave, but a change is on the way for next week.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 3, 2017, 1:59 p.m.

Heat wave persists as Spokane air quality drops

Air quality in Spokane deteriorated on Wednesday as wildfire smoke arrived on northerly and easterly winds


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 2, 2017, 7:56 a.m.

Air quality alert issued for Spokane as hot weather combines with wildfire smoke

An extended heat wave will combine with winds to allow wildfire smoke to drift as far south as Spokane and across the region.


Last week in Congress: McMorris Rodgers vote to delay stricter air quality standards, end presidential approval requirement for international pipelines

Last week in Congress the House considered pipeline and air quality legislation.