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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.


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: 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, 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.


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, 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 …


Black smoke, flames shoot up from Texas chemical plant

Thick black smoke and towering orange flames shot up Friday from a flooded Houston-area chemical plant where highly unstable compounds blew up a day earlier after losing refrigeration.


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: 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 …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 9, 2017, 10:21 p.m.

Smoke break is coming. Could haze still mar the eclipse?

Shifting winds should blow smoke out of Washington by this weekend.


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: 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 …


UPDATED: Mon., March 20, 2017, 2:47 p.m.

MAC briefly closed due to overheating elevator motor

A “fire” at the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture turned out to be an overheating elevator motor, a spokeswoman said Monday.


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 …


Southerners wearing masks as wildfire smoke streams from mountains

Wildfires near the Georgia-North Carolina line are spewing smoke so thick that residents are being urged to wear special masks if they must do outdoor activities.


Heat, wildfires impact play at area golf courses

Smoke was so thick in Colville on certain days, Dominion Meadows golf pro Andy Hite couldn’t see the cart shed located about 30 yards away. Hite didn’t need perfect vision …


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 …


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 …


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, …


Air quality concerns halt sports

Concern about wildfire smoke and its effects on children has led to the cancellation of a large soccer tournament at Plantes Ferry Park in Spokane Valley. In addition, the Greater …


High fire danger to persist in Inland Northwest

As wildfires intensify across the Pacific Northwest, forecasters warned that extremely dangerous weather conditions would continue again today and that smoke from those fires may cause air quality to deteriorate. …


Smoke advisory issued for North Idaho; Spokane air ‘moderate’

Two of Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency’s monitors are down for repairs, but five others are still providing a comprehensive look at how smoke from wildfires across the region is …


Wildfire smoke settles in Spokane

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


Fire south of Yakima leaves haze over region

Smoke from a wildfire in south-central Washington has left a haze over much of the Inland Northwest. The air quality rating today is moderate in the Spokane area, with fine …


Field burning is back, greatly reduced

A dramatically reduced level of field burning got started on the Rathdrum Prairie in North Idaho on Wednesday but was shut down when the smoke failed to rise above ground …