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UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 6, 2019, 10 p.m.

Air quality worst in country; heat advisory issued for Spokane

Smoke from a growing fire on the Colville Indian Reservation continued to blow into Spokane on Tuesday, causing air quality to be unhealthy for some groups including children and the …


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 3, 2019, 8:46 p.m.

Spokane sees smoke from wildfire on Colville Reservation

About 5,640 acres of grass and brush have burned, and the fire was zero percent contained as of Saturday at 5 p.m.


UPDATED: Fri., July 19, 2019, 10:55 p.m.

As crews begin to contain Hanford-area wildfire, smoke’s path uncertain

Smoke from the nearly 42,000-acre Cold Creek wildfire near the Tri-Cities is not expected to reach Spokane this weekend.


UPDATED: Thu., July 11, 2019, 8:49 p.m.

House fire in Browne’s Addition causes no injuries

No one was hurt after a sparking dryer caused a house fire in Browne’s Addition on Thursday evening, residents said.


UPDATED: Wed., June 26, 2019, 9:04 a.m.

As they prepare for smoke season, Spokane leaders consider adding more air monitors and protections for homeless

The main focus of today’s Smoke Ready Communities Day – a collaboration of the Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency, Spokane Regional Health District and Greater Spokane Emergency Management – is …


Smoky air so soon? Fires in northern Alberta the culprit

It’s not even summer, but it’ll soon smell like it: for the first time this year, Eastern Washington is forecast to be plagued with wildfire smoke.


Shawn Vestal: It’s almost time for our fifth season

Who’s ready for summer? Swimming, grilling, camping, coughing …


California wildfire emissions equal year of power pollution

Wildfires in California in 2018 released the rough equivalent of about 68 million tons of heat-trapping carbon dioxide – about the same amount of carbon emissions as are produced in …


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.


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 …


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.


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.