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UPDATED: Sun., April 23, 2017, 8:52 p.m.

American Lung Association report: Wildfires hurt Western Montana air quality

Montana is called Big Sky Country due to its wide-open spaces and clear sky, but there are times when wildfires, geography and weather patterns combine to make the air in …


Lawyers sue Chinese authorities for not getting rid of smog

Lawyer Cheng Hai has an itemized list of compensation demands from Beijing authorities over the city’s smog: 65 yuan ($9) for having to buy face masks, 100 yuan ($15) for …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 27, 2017, 10:25 p.m.

Spokane put under stage 1 burn ban as pollution builds

Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency ordered a stage 1 burning ban on Friday


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 25, 2017, 5:37 p.m.

Idaho Senate panel votes to loosen air-quality rules for field-burning

Legislation loosening the air quality standards for when field burning will be allowed in Idaho cleared a Senate committee Wednesday on a 6-1, party-line vote, after farmers from throughout the …


Relentless smoke spreads fear at edge of southern wildfires

Thick smoke has settled over a wide area of the southern Appalachians, where dozens of uncontrolled wildfires are burning through decades of leaf litter, making people breathe in tiny bits …


Wildfire smoke returns to Spokane region

Wildfire smoke has returned over the Spokane region due to a change in air flow.


Air quality in ‘good’ or ‘moderate’ range

The smell of smoke is thick in some parts of the Spokane area this morning, but most air quality monitors show the air quality in the “good range.”


Spokane residents breathing cleaner air Wednesday morning

Air quality in Spokane Wednesday morning is registering in the “good” range.


Wildfire smoke fills Spokane Valley, making air unhealthy for some people

Smoke from the regional wildfires settled over Spokane Valley Sunday night


7 square miles burn in Southern California mountains

Smoke plumes roiling from flaming ridges of the San Bernardino Mountains blew all the way across the Mojave Desert to Las Vegas as California’s latest big wildfire chewed through timber …


Omak sawmill fined $89,000 for air pollution problems

An Omak, Washington, sawmill will pay $89,000 through a settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for violating federal clean air rules.


Kaiser Aluminum cautiously optimistic about new plan to tackle carbon pollution

Kaiser Aluminum officials say they’re cautiously optimistic about Washington’s new proposal for reducing carbon emissions, which could give company’s Trentwood plant credit for previous efforts to reduce energy use.


Oregon officials clamp down on lead in Portland air

In a significant turnaround, Oregon officials are clamping down on lead in Portland’s air.


Spokane regional clean air plan gets 10-year extension

Nearly 40 years of work in Spokane to clean up the air recently got a new approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency


Don’t burn downed trees, Spokane clean air agency says

The Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency recommends against burning the green, wet wood from Tuesday’s windstorm. It won’t produce much heat.


TransCanada, Chewelah company fined for air quality violation

Two companies with operations in the Inland Northwest have been fined by the Washington Department of Ecology for air quality violations. TransCanada was fined $4,000 for emissions of haze forming …


Grant will address wood smoke pollution in Silver Valley

Reducing pollution from wood smoke in Idaho’s Silver Valley is the focus of a $2.48 million federal grant.


Comments sought on air pollution control plan

The Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency has released a draft plan for meeting federal standards for fine-particle pollution through 2025. Public comments will be accepted through Nov. 9. After periods …


Area businesses, employers lauded for air pollution reductions

Twelve Spokane-area employers have been recognized for the efforts to cut air pollution


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 27, 2015, 2:31 p.m.

Air quality improves this afternoon

Air quality improved quickly after the lunch hour today as a southwest wind started blowing away some of the smoke that has lingered over the Spokane region.


Some residents won’t leave tiny town threatened by fire

CONCONULLY, Wash. – When fire came over Funk Mountain to the north and headed toward Conconully on the evening of Aug. 18, most residents and visitors fled this small fishing …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 25, 2015, 5:10 p.m.

Spokane region sees better afternoon air

A pall of smoke hung over the Inland Northwest again on Monday, creating unhealthy air quality as wildfires continued to rage across the region. Three of the past four days …


HS teams also have to scramble

With smoky air socking in the Inland Northwest, fall sports teams throughout the area canceled outdoor practices Monday and have braced for more cancelations. Greater Spokane League administrators last week …


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 24, 2015, 2:48 p.m.

Air quality hampering area high school athletics

With smoky air socking in the Inland Northwest, fall sports teams throughout the area canceled outdoor practices Monday and have braced for more cancelations.


Spokane air will stay unhealthy through Wednesday

Air in the Spokane area will remain in the unhealthy range until Wednesday according to projections from the Spokane Clean Air Agency.


Federal aid arrives for tired firefighters

A new wave of firefighting equipment and fresh troops to relieve fatigued front-line crews are streaming into the state after a federal emergency was declared for the massive blazes burning …


Region’s air back to unhealthy levels

Wildfire smoke again has prompted health officials to classify air quality as unhealthy for everyone in the Spokane-Coeur d’Alene areas.


Fire growth slows, smoke heads west

After a week of deadly fires forcing evacuations of whole towns and pushing fire officials to scramble for more help, Saturday was calm. Or as calm as it could be …


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 22, 2015, 5:05 p.m.

Smoke moves into Central Washington

The brown skies Spokane experienced Friday have moved on.


Air quality plummets as smoke covers region like blanket

Spokane’s air deteriorated on Friday to levels that previously seemed unreachable as satellite images showed smoke pouring into the region from numerous massive fires in Central Washington. By the afternoon, …