Smoke levels will vary throughout the day in some communities…
Chelan “Unhealthy for Sensitive Populations”
Leavenworth and Entiat “Unhealthy”
When air quality is in the moderate range most people will not be impacted. Some people with underlying conditions like asthma, lung diseases or heart disease, the very young or very old will experience health effects. Limit time outdoors and limit physical exertion to very short periods until air quality improves, if you are having health effects.
When air quality is in the unhealthy for sensitive populations range people with asthma, lung or heart disease and young children may experience health effects. Outdoor activities should be limited by this group. Limit time outdoors. If you are having significant problems talk to your health care provider. The general public is not likely to be affected.
When air quality is in the “Unhealthy” range everyone is at risk of being affected by the smoke. Outdoor physical activities should be cancelled. At this point everyone should limit exposure to outside air and do not do anything that would increase your breathing rate, people should avoid any exertion. It is best to stay indoors if you have asthma, diabetes, lung or heart disease, have a respiratory infection, or have had a stroke. Infants, pregnant women and people over 65 should also stay indoors. Symptoms can include headache, dizziness, wheezing and shortness of breath. The general population may experience these symptoms.
More information about current air quality conditions and forest fires is located at:
Forest Service: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov
Chelan Douglas Public Health www.cdhd.wa.gov