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The Spokesman-Review Newspaper
Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883

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

This map shows fires and air quality in and around Washington state on Tuesday morning, Sept. 5. (Washington Department of Ecology)

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.

But the Department of Ecology is suggesting residents go to another site , while they fix the main one, spokeswoman Camille St. Onge said.

“We had a significant amount of traffic around 7 a.m.,” she said. “So much that it shut the website down.”

The replacement site can take a short time for the map to populate with information about fires. Readers can scroll down to see the latest information on air quality.

The department’s primary air quality map remained inaccessible throughout Tuesday and might not be up and running Wednesday morning, St. Onge said.