Air quality has improved across much of eastern Washington in the last 12 hours as the dry cold front pushed through, increasing the intensity of northwest winds. Most areas are reporting Good air quality now. But alas, reports of rapid fire growth are steadily streaming in. The Red Flag Warning remains in place until at least 11:00 pm PDT with high wind gusts in many areas (up to 50 mph in the Okanogan Valley). There is also a strong possibility of windblown dust in the Columbia Basin today.
Things calm down on Saturday morning and surface winds turn east to northeast in much of the state (north winds in the Okanogan and Columbia River Valleys) through about Sunday afternoon. The smoke we exported to Idaho and Montana will return to us along with smoke from Idahoan fires. Smoke is very likely to make its way into Western Washington as well. However plumes that are able to get high enough will likely get caught in westerly flow aloft and keep heading eastbound.