Welcome to the CWU wildfire information page. If a fire in the region affects air quality and the daily lives of people in Kittitas County, we will provide accurate, up-to-date information on this page.
July 9, 2015 — Much of the state is experiencing impaired air quality from wildfire smoke. The air-monitoring site in downtown Ellensburg is recording moderate air pollution today.
Moderate means people with asthma, respiratory infection, diabetes, lung or heart disease, or who have had a stroke may begin to have breathing problems, according to the state Department of Ecology, which operates air-monitoring sites throughout Washington. These people should limit their time outdoors or modify their activities (for instance, walk instead of run).
“We realize that many residents are anxious and uneasy about this season’s wildfire forecast," said Robin Read, administrator of the Kittitas County Public Health Department. "Our air quality updates are not intended to increase anxiety, but to remind residents who may have sensitive conditions to be aware of changing air quality and take necessary precautions.”
July 7, 2015 — Timber fires and several brush fires are producing smoke in the Pacific Northwest, creating a general haze in Central Washington.
Winds are expected to push more smoke into the area, which will settle in most valley locations and compromise air quality, according to information on the Washington Smoke Blog. The NASA image below shows smoke swirling in British Columbia and drifting into Washington.
Today through Friday (July 7-10) could see the poorest air quality of the season so far — from moderate to unhealthy for sensitive groups.
Stronger winds Friday afternoon should clear the air.
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