Thursday, August 12, 2021
Break’s over for eastern Washington
Triple-digit temperatures and low humidity have combined to nix the air quality improvements brought on by last weekend’s cooler, wetter weather.
Wildfires in Okanogan are churning out smoke again, and the Schneider Springs Fire northwest of Naches is now pushing smoke into the Yakima Valley.
Air quality across eastern Washington started Thursday in the Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups to Unhealthy range.
Those air quality impacts will worsen going into Friday, then the smoke will begin to thin Saturday ahead of a larger cold front set to arrive Sunday.
The Washington Department of Ecology has issued an Air Quality Alert for all of eastern Washington through 10 a.m. Monday.