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Tuesday, December 10, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Seattle to open smoke shelters for ‘new normal’ summer fires

Ahead of a Western wildfire season expected to be again worse than average, officials in Seattle announced Wednesday that five city buildings would be outfitted to serve as havens where …


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

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.


Wildfire smoke from Oregon drifting into Spokane

Wildfire smoke returned to the region Tuesday and is expected to hover in the air at upper elevations through Wednesday


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 8, 2017

Smoky skies persist as fires rage over a wide area

Wildfires raging across a wide area of the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia continued to keep skies smoky and polluted


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 4, 2017

Air quality worsens, but rivers and lakes are still a draw to beat the heat

Air quality worsened on Friday, but the smoky air didn’t stop people from flocking to rivers and lakes.


Smoky skies to persist through Saturday

Wildfire smoke has turned the region’s blue bird skies into shades of brown and orange


Wildfire smoke fills Spokane Valley, making air unhealthy for some people

Smoke from the regional wildfires settled over Spokane Valley Sunday night


Wildfire smoke pollution unprecedented in 2015

Lingering wildfire smoke across the Inland Northwest this week raised pollution levels, but it has been relatively minor compared with the curtains of smoke that covered the region in August.


Federal aid arrives for tired firefighters

A new wave of firefighting equipment and fresh troops to relieve fatigued front-line crews are streaming into the state after a federal emergency was declared for the massive blazes burning …


Wildfire smoke brings unhealthy air across Northwest

An air quality alert issued Monday is expected to remain in effect across a broad swath of the Pacific Northwest until at least Thursday because of wildfire smoke pollution. “Air …