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Stories tagged: Spokane Clean Air Agency


UPDATED: Thu., June 6, 2019, 9:16 p.m.

Grant County fire is nearly finished as Spokane air returns to ‘good’

The 243 Command Fire in Grant County that spewed smoke across Eastern Washington earlier this week has entered its final throes of life.


UPDATED: Wed., June 5, 2019, 10:54 p.m.

Grant County’s 243 Command Fire saw some growth because of overnight winds; air returns to ‘moderate’ in Spokane

A day after it made Spokane’s air quality the worst in the country, Grant County’s 243 Command Fire saw some overnight growth spurred by strong westerly winds.


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.


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.


Air quality could remain unhealthy until Friday

Air quality in the Spokane area dipped into the unhealthy ranges Tuesday and could remain so until Friday as the region became inundated with smoke from area wildfires.


Spokane may have to pay $330,000 to demolish burned out Hillyard building that likely has asbestos

The building’s owner, Ivan Kriger, has not submitted plans to comply with a building official’s order that the property at 3011 E. Wellesley Ave. be torn down following a November …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 1, 2017, 9:02 a.m.

Smelly pot farms may be policed by clean air regulators

The Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency, responsible for enforcing state and federal air pollution laws, is proposing a registration requirement that would charge marijuana businesses’ fees based on their size …


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 …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 8, 2017, 4:33 p.m.

Winds to push wildfire smoke out of Spokane, but relief may be short-lived

An anticipated cold front is approaching the Inland Northwest with arrival expected on Saturday. But winds will likely weaken Sunday and Monday, which could allow wildfire smoke to rebuild over …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 8, 2017, 6:37 a.m.

Break in poor air quality could come early next week

Air quality goes to unhealthy under what’s likely to be a record-breaking heat wave, but a change is on the way for next week.


UPDATED: Wed., May 24, 2017, 12:32 p.m.

Agency spells out rules, safe practices for backyard fires

The popularity of backyard fires appears to be growing, especially with metal backyard fire pits. Now the Spokane Clean Air Agency is spelling out the do’s and don’ts for safe, …


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, …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 21, 2015, 7:11 p.m.

Spokane’s air pollution sinks to lowest level, ‘hazardous’ for first time

Spokane’s smoke-filled skies Friday evening turned the Lilac City into the most air-polluted place in the country as air quality dropped to a reading of very unhealthy for all.


Unhealthy plume of smoke blankets Inland Northwest

Raging wildfires in Okanogan County sent a plume of smoke over the Spokane area Wednesday evening, while air quality at ground level deteriorated to the unhealthy range for people with …