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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

FW: Kittitas County Press Release: Air Quality Continues to Fluctuate as a result of Multiple Fires in Kittitas County



Kittitas County Press Release

Public Health

Hold For Release Until 8/15/2014

Air Quality Continues to Fluctuate as a result of Multiple Fires in Kittitas County

Kittitas County, WA -08/12/2014 - According to the Washington State Department of Ecology air quality monitoring site in Ellensburg, the air is "unhealthy for sensitive groups" as of 5:00 am today. The range of air quality categories include good, moderate, unhealthy for sensitive groups, unhealthy, very unhealthy, and hazardous.

During these situations, people with sensitive conditions should limit the time spent outdoors.  People with sensitive conditions including the following:

  • People with pre-existing lung or heart conditions such as asthma or emphysema, diabetes, or other respiratory infections;
  • People who have had a stroke;
  • Infants, children, and adults older than 65; and
  • Pregnant women.

Changing weather conditions and fire activity contribute to the changing air quality.  The Kittitas County Public Health Department (KCPHD) will continue to monitor the air quality and encourages residents to do the same.  Current air quality monitoring can be seen on the Washington State Department of Ecology air monitoring site: https://fortress.wa.gov/ecy/enviwa/
N-95 respirator masks are available at KCPHD located at 507 N Nanum Street in suite 102.  Adverse health symptoms brought on by poor air quality may include dizziness, headache, difficulty breathing, coughing, excessive phlegm, and nausea.  Please contact your health care provider if you experience any of these symptoms.
For more information, please contact the Kittitas County Public Health Department at (509) 962-7515.

Read the full press release at http://www.co.kittitas.wa.us/uploads/news/press-releases/5535/Air Quality Continues to Fluctuate as a result of Multiple Fires.pdf.

Kittitas County, from the Cascades to the Columbia, and online at http://www.co.kittitas.wa.us


For more information:
Kasey Knutson, Public Information Officer, 509-962-7515


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