The Newell Road Fire in Klickitat County has grown considerably over the past day, with recent reports that it has burned 30,000 acres of grass, brush, and trees. Evacuations are in effect. Westerly winds will continue and strengthen, which could lead to more rapid fire growth over the next couple days. The fire is sending smoke into Benton and Franklin Counties, which is expected to continue through the weekend. We are seeing Moderate to USG air quality in the Tri-Cities.
We also expect some light smoke aloft in southeast Washington on Monday from the fires in Oregon.
Please see the Health Information tab on this blog to learn how you can protect yourself from wildfire smoke.