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UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 30, 2018, 4:12 p.m.

Spokane air quality worsened, then improved Thursday morning as students return to school

After days of easy breathing, Spokane’s air dipped into unhealthy ranges Thursday morning just as kids returned to school for the year.


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 27, 2018, 8:59 p.m.

Rain clears smoke … for now

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.


UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 26, 2018, 2:55 p.m.

After morning smoke draws city back into ‘Unhealthy’ category, conditions improve Sunday afternoon

After a day of respite from wildfire smoke, Spokane’s air moved back into unhealthy ranges Sunday morning.


Smoky skies and the Great Indoors

There have been some good things about August’s on again/off again smoke-filled air. I mean, if you really think about it.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 24, 2018, 8:18 a.m.

Wake up and smell the moderately clean air

Spokane woke up on Friday to the cleanest air it’s had for days. Two of the four air quality monitors in Spokane County were registering “good” air at 7:35 a.m. …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 23, 2018, 4:29 p.m.

Expect a brief reprieve of smoke Thursday night

Spokane may soon get a reprieve from the lingering haze of wildfire smoke, but it’s likely to be short-lived.


An otter in Seattle has asthma, but her trainers were ready as smoke settled over region

Puget Sound is barely visible through the glass windows of the Seattle Aquarium otter tank during afternoon feeding time — a thick layer of haze obscures the view. But, Mishka, …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 22, 2018, 7:36 p.m.

Wednesday morning air is rated ‘unhealthy’

After a slight break from “unhealthy” air quality readings during portions of Monday and Tuesday, the Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency reported that Spokane awoke Wednesday to “unhealthy” air again.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 21, 2018, 10:27 p.m.

Air quality predicted to stay in moderate-to-unhealthy range Wednesday

Northeast winds dispersed much of the smoke that hung over Spokane on Sunday and Monday, but the Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency predicts a directional change could bring more smoke …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 21, 2018, 5:15 p.m.

Missing hiker disoriented by smoke located

Authorities say an avid hiker who was missing in western Washington state after becoming disoriented by hazy wildfire smoke has been located.


Paul Turner: Don’t fret, a righteous wind’s gonna blow our troubles away

Eventually the Inland Northwest’s air will clear and the siege of smoke will be over. Really and truly over. Until the next time.


Spokane’s air quality: You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers

The hazy days of August have become yet another season in Spokane. That time of year when the skyline is sepia-toned, when you wonder if that run is worth the …


UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 19, 2018, 11:35 p.m.

Spokane air quality reaches ‘hazardous’ range

Air quality in Spokane has tipped into the “hazardous” range, and regional air quality monitors caution anyone, regardless of health, from exerting themselves out of doors.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 16, 2018, 9:54 p.m.

Possible overnight dry lightning causes red flag warning in Spokane; smoke may lessen from nighttime winds

The possibility of lightning prompted a red flag warning Thursday and into Friday morning for Spokane and the Palouse region.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 15, 2018, 7:35 a.m.

For third day in a row, Spokane’s smoky air measures in ‘unhealthy’ category

Air quality in Spokane remains in the “unhealthy” category for the third straight day.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 14, 2018, 10:03 p.m.

Spokane starts Tuesday morning with unhealthy air

Spokane woke up to unhealthy air for the second straight day on Tuesday.


Paul Turner: Newbies were never promised clear skies

The Northwest didn’t give you any money-back guarantees before you moved here.


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 13, 2018, 5:12 p.m.

Air quality ‘unhealthy’ in Spokane, North Idaho, Northeastern Washington

Wildfire smoke that has blanketed Northeastern Washington and North Idaho, creating unhealthy breathing conditions, is expected to linger through much of the week, experts said.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 8, 2018, 10:27 p.m.

Unhealthy, smoky air prompts health warnings, forces closure of Spokane pools

The city’s six public swimming pools will be closed while choking conditions persist in Spokane, limiting access to a free relief from potential record-breaking heat. The city’s splash pads will …


Oregon businesses hit hard by cancellations due to smoke

Wildfire smoke in southern Oregon is forcing organizations that are dependent on tourist dollars to scramble for other options.


UPDATED: Wed., July 18, 2018, 9:49 p.m.

Air conditions in Spokane remain moderate, but could change with renewed fire activity

As hot, dry temperatures continued throughout the day Wednesday, air quality forecasts remained in the moderate health quality range.


Researchers launch study to learn effects of wildfire smoke

Scientists are studying the effects hazardous smoke had on residents in and around Seeley Lake due to wildfires that raged in the area.


Sarah Coefield: Amid Montana’s wildfires, I help people breathe

MISSOULA – It’s late August when I get a call from a grandmother. She lives in nearby Seeley Lake and she’s heard we have air purifiers – filters that can …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 14, 2017, 7:40 p.m.

Smoky air returns to Spokane, likely to stay until the weekend

Light northeasterly winds are bringing Montana wildfire smoke back into the Inland Northwest. Until winds shift Saturday, it’s likely the skies will remain hazy and unhealthy for groups sensitive to …


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 10, 2017, 6:06 p.m.

Bicyclists roll out under clear skies for Spokefest 2017

As if to celebrate Spokane its break from a weeks-long cloud of smoke, thousands converged upon Kendall Yards Sunday morning to breathe in several lungfuls of air along the area’s …


Spokane sets new record for lack of rainfall

As fires continue to burn through the tinder-dry West, Spokane marks a new milestone Sunday. At 74 days, the city is now experiencing its longest dry spell on record.


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 10, 2017, 1:05 p.m.

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

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


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 7, 2017, 3:43 p.m.

Spokane choked with hazardous air quality for fourth straight day

For the fourth straight day, air quality in Spokane was measured as hazardous Thursday as smoke from regional wildfires continues to keep the Inland Northwest in a haze.


With heat and smoke blanketing region Spokane-area schools crank up the AC

With smoke draping the ground and hot, summer conditions persisting well into September, many schools are cranking up the AC this week.


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 7, 2017, 7:07 a.m.

Spokane sets record for air pollution; smoke expected to remain until Friday

Spokane set a troubling record on Tuesday.