NowCast ZoneCast Warnings/Advisories Hourly Track Special
Yakima, Washington, United States  Lat: 46.59N, Lon: 120.53W
Wx Zone: WAZ027
Warnings, Watches and Advisories:
 

AIR QUALITY ALERT

...AIR QUALITY ALERT IN EFFECT UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE...
THE OREGON DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY AND THE WASHINGTON
STATE DEPARTMENT OF ECOLOGY CONTINUE THE AIR QUALITY ALERT UNTIL
FURTHER NOTICE.
A SMOKE AIR QUALITY ALERT HAS BEEN ISSUED. WILDFIRES BURNING IN THE
REGION COMBINED WITH FORECASTED CONDITIONS WILL CAUSE AIR QUALITY TO
REACH UNHEALTHY LEVELS.
POLLUTANTS IN SMOKE CAN CAUSE BURNING EYES...RUNNY NOSE...AGGRAVATE
HEART AND LUNG DISEASES...AND AGGRAVATE OTHER SERIOUS HEALTH
PROBLEMS.  LIMIT OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES AND KEEP CHILDREN INDOORS IF IT
IS SMOKY. PLEASE FOLLOW MEDICAL ADVICE IF YOU HAVE A HEART OR LUNG
CONDITION.
IN ADDITION...A COLD FRONT THAT HAS PASSED THROUGH THE PACIFIC
NORTHWEST THIS MORNING WILL CREATE WINDY CONDITIONS. ALTHOUGH AIR
QUALITY ISSUES DUE TO SMOKE MAY IMPROVE BRIEFLY...THE WINDY
CONDITIONS WILL ALSO PRODUCE AREAS OF BLOWING DUST. THIS DUST WILL
ADD TO THE AIR QUALITY ISSUES THROUGH THE WEEKEND.
FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION...PLEASE VISIT THE WEB SITE AT
HTTP://WWW.OREGON.GOV/DEQ

AIR QUALITY ALERT

...Air Quality Alert in effect until further notice...
An Air Quality Alert has been issued by the following agencies:
Washington Department of Ecology in Spokane
Idaho Department of Environmental Quality in Lewiston
Washington Department of Ecology in Yakima
Idaho Department of Environmental Quality in Coeur d`Alene
Nez Perce Tribe
Colville Confederated Tribes
Spokane Tribe
Kalispel Indian Community
Coeur d`Alene Tribe
Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency
Kootenai Tribe of Idaho
Elevated concentrations of wildfire smoke from area fires
continues across eastern Washington and north Idaho. Additionally,
blowing dust is expected over much of the area on Saturday.  All
areas east of the Cascades and into north Idaho can continue to
expect poor air quality into the weekend. There may be times and
locations where the air quality improves to the Good category, but
this is not expected to persist.
Precautions to be taken for areas experiencing increased smoke and
reduced air quality include:
*Everyone should avoid heavy work or exercise outdoors when the
air quality index reaches unhealthy levels.
*Older adults, small children, and those with respiratory
conditions or heart disease may be more sensitive to poor air
quality and should stay indoors and avoid heavy work when air
quality reaches unhealthy levels.
*Drink plenty of water. Staying hydrated helps dilute phlegm in
the respiratory tract, making it easier to cough out smoke
particles. Plan on coughing; it is nature`s way of clearing your
lungs. Avoid caffeine products, sugary drinks and alcohol because
they have dehydrating effects.
*Stay cool when the weather is warm. Run your air conditioner to
recirculate air. Turn the fan blower on manually so it
continuously filters the air in your home.
*If working outside, use a dust mask...N95 or N100. If a dusk mask
is not available, cover your nose and mouth with a damp
handkerchief.
This Air Quality Alert will be reevaluated by Monday at noon.
For more information, please see the following websites:
airquality.deq.idaho.gov
idsmoke.blogspot.com
wasmoke.blogspot.com