Thursday, September 13, 2012

Air Time: Smoke at unhealthy levels in some E. WA counties

By Seth Preston, Communications Manager, Air Quality Program

Wildfire smoke continues to pour into some areas of Eastern Washington. This morning (Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012), air quality in the Wenatchee area was in the “hazardous” category in the Wenatchee area and “unhealthy” in the Leavenworth area. Those ratings are determined by the Washington Air Quality Advisory (WAQA).

(Note: This air monitoring network is experiencing some difficulties, so if you can’t access at first, wait a little while before checking again. Our staff is working on the problem.)

The photo at right from a U.S. Forest Service camera shows how bad things are in the Wenatchee area.

This Ecology news release details the dangers posed by smoke and how you can protect yourself.

You can check with local health departments and your physicians for more information about health impacts.

Also, here are some media websites to watch for news:

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