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Air Quality Alert
Statement as of 10:50 AM PDT on August 28, 2015

... Air quality alert in effect until further notice...

An air quality alert has been issued by the following agencies:

Washington department of ecology in Spokane
Idaho department of environmental quality in Lewiston
Washington department of ecology in Yakima
Idaho department of environmental quality in Coeur D'Alene
Nez Perce tribe
Colville confederated tribes
Spokane tribe
kalispel Indian community
Coeur D'Alene tribe
Spokane regional clean air agency
Kootenai tribe of Idaho

Elevated concentrations of wildfire smoke from area fires
continues across eastern Washington and north Idaho. Additionally,
blowing dust is expected over much of the area on Saturday. All
areas east of the Cascades and into north Idaho can continue to
expect poor air quality into the weekend. There may be times and
locations where the air quality improves to the good category, but
this is not expected to persist.

Precautions to be taken for areas experiencing increased smoke and
reduced air quality include:

*everyone should avoid heavy work or exercise outdoors when the
air quality index reaches unhealthy levels.

*Older adults, small children, and those with respiratory
conditions or heart disease may be more sensitive to poor air
quality and should stay indoors and avoid heavy work when air
quality reaches unhealthy levels.

*Drink plenty of water. Staying hydrated helps dilute phlegm in
the respiratory tract, making it easier to cough out smoke
particles. Plan on coughing; it is nature's way of clearing your
lungs. Avoid caffeine products, sugary drinks and alcohol because
they have dehydrating effects.

*Stay cool when the weather is warm. Run your air conditioner to
recirculate air. Turn The Fan blower on manually so it
continuously filters the air in your home.

*If working outside, use a dust mask... n95 or n100. If a dusk mask
is not available, cover your nose and mouth with a damp
handkerchief.

This air quality alert will be reevaluated by Monday at noon.

For more information, please see the following websites:
airquality.Deq.Idaho.Gov
idsmoke.Blogspot.Com
wasmoke.Blogspot.Com





1050 am PDT Fri Aug 28 2015

... Air quality alert in effect until further notice...

An air quality alert has been issued by the following agencies:

Washington department of ecology in Spokane
Idaho department of environmental quality in Lewiston
Washington department of ecology in Yakima
Idaho department of environmental quality in Coeur D'Alene
Nez Perce tribe
Colville confederated tribes
Spokane tribe
kalispel Indian community
Coeur D'Alene tribe
Spokane regional clean air agency
Kootenai tribe of Idaho

Elevated concentrations of wildfire smoke from area fires
continues across eastern Washington and north Idaho. Additionally,
blowing dust is expected over much of the area on Saturday. All
areas east of the Cascades and into north Idaho can continue to
expect poor air quality into the weekend. There may be times and
locations where the air quality improves to the good category, but
this is not expected to persist.

Precautions to be taken for areas experiencing increased smoke and
reduced air quality include:

*everyone should avoid heavy work or exercise outdoors when the
air quality index reaches unhealthy levels.

*Older adults, small children, and those with respiratory
conditions or heart disease may be more sensitive to poor air
quality and should stay indoors and avoid heavy work when air
quality reaches unhealthy levels.

*Drink plenty of water. Staying hydrated helps dilute phlegm in
the respiratory tract, making it easier to cough out smoke
particles. Plan on coughing; it is nature's way of clearing your
lungs. Avoid caffeine products, sugary drinks and alcohol because
they have dehydrating effects.

*Stay cool when the weather is warm. Run your air conditioner to
recirculate air. Turn The Fan blower on manually so it
continuously filters the air in your home.

*If working outside, use a dust mask... n95 or n100. If a dusk mask
is not available, cover your nose and mouth with a damp
handkerchief.

This air quality alert will be reevaluated by Monday at noon.

For more information, please see the following websites:
airquality.Deq.Idaho.Gov
idsmoke.Blogspot.Com
wasmoke.Blogspot.Com






Fire Weather Warning
Statement as of 4:57 PM PDT on August 29, 2015

... Red flag warning remains in effect until 7 PM PDT this evening
for windy conditions in central and eastern Washington...

* affected area: fire weather zone 673 East Washington northern
Columbia Basin (zone 673)... fire weather zone 674 East
Washington Palouse and Spokane area (zone 674)... fire weather
zone 677 East Washington central Cascade valleys (zone 677)...
fire weather zone 684 East Washington Okanogan/Methow valleys
(zone 684)... fire weather zone 686 East Washington northeast
(zone 686) and fire weather zone 687 East Washington Okanogan
Highlands (zone 687).

* Winds: southwest 12 to 16 mph with gusts up to 35 mph. Mountain
Ridge top gusts to 40 mph.

* Timing: elevations below 4000 feet will experience decreasing
winds by 7 PM. However... mountain ridges in northeast and north
central Washington may remain gusty through the night with gust
as high as 40 mph.

* Relative humidities: will improve considerably through the
night.

* Impacts: windy conditions this evening will make fire fighting
efforts very difficult.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A red flag warning means that critical fire weather conditions
will develop today. The very strong winds coupled with the lower
relative humidity will create extreme fire growth potential.




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