Stories tagged: smoke
Wed., Sept. 6, 2017
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 …
Fri., Sept. 1, 2017, 5:03 p.m.
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.
Thu., Aug. 31, 2017, 7:37 a.m.
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.
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.
Shifting winds should blow smoke out of Washington by this weekend.
Wed., Aug. 9, 2017, 9:12 a.m.
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.
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.
A “fire” at the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture turned out to be an overheating elevator motor, a spokeswoman said Monday.
Wed., Nov. 16, 2016, 11:10 a.m.
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 …
Sat., Nov. 12, 2016, 2:10 p.m.
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.
Sat., Sept. 5, 2015
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 …
Wed., Aug. 26, 2015
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 …
Sun., Aug. 23, 2015, 2:39 p.m.
Wildfire smoke again has prompted health officials to classify air quality as unhealthy for everyone in the Spokane-Coeur d’Alene areas.
Sun., Aug. 23, 2015
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 …
Sat., Aug. 22, 2015
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, …
Fri., Aug. 21, 2015
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 …
Thu., Aug. 13, 2015
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. …
Wed., July 8, 2015
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 …
Thu., Sept. 20, 2012, 8:41 a.m.
Smoke continued to settle across the Inland Northwest throughout Wednesday evening and this morning as wildfires spread.
Tue., Sept. 13, 2011, 8:52 a.m.
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 …
Thu., Aug. 19, 2010, 10:41 a.m.
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 …