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Sunday, August 26, 2018 - 13:02

Strong winds have blown most of the smoke from Washington state. Air quality levels are between "good" and moderate" across the state, with the exception of "unhealthy" levels in Sunnyside and northern Washington along the Canadian boarder. 

Saturday, August 25, 2018 - 08:54

After a brief reprieve yesterday, smoke has returned to central and northern Washington. Wild fires in Vancouver, BC and Washington's Miriam fire is causing smoke to blanket Yakima and Ellensburg. The Washington State Health Department recommends staying indoors for areas experiencing "unhealthy" to "hazardous" air quality levels.

Friday, August 24, 2018 - 08:56

We had a brief window yesterday where the smoke lifted. Due to the fires buring around us in Canada and throughout Washington, smoke will continue to be an issue until there is substantial rainfall. How much and how bad will depend on fire activity and wind direction. While air quality levels are compromised, it's advised to limit outdoor activities and to wear a n95 mask. Free masks are still available at CWU's SURC Help Desk and the Student Medical & Counseling Center. Off campus locations include: Putnum Centennial Center in Cle Elum, the Ellensburg Senior Center, and the Kittitas County Public Health Department. Source: Seattle National Weather Service

Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 10:32

UPDATE  8.24.18 1:37 a.m.  - The grass fire on WB 1-90 is fully out and both lanes are open.

UPDATE 1:30 p.m. - The fire at milepost 102 is currently contained but firefighters will remain on scene for several hours. The Level 3 Evacuation Notice is still in place for all residences east of 1010 Klocke Road due to fire equipment on the roadway. There is currently no threat to homes. I-90 westbound is open in the left lane only in the fire area.

UPDATE 12 p.m. - The I-90 westbound lane closure has moved to milepost 104, two miles west of Ellensburg. Traffic is limited to one lane.

UPDATE 10:34 a.m. -  I-90 westbound at milepost 101, five miles west of Ellensburg, is reduced to one lane. Fire has spread east towards Hwy 10. Klocke Road is under Level 3 "Go Now" advisement. Traffic backups and additional travel time should be expected on I-90 WB.

A grass fire has the westbound lanes of I-90 closed at milepost 101, east of Ellensburg. There is no estimated time of reopening. Source: Washington State Dept. of Transportation

Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 08:58

The majority of Washington state's air quality remains "unhealthy" to "very unhealthy" due to smoke. Air quality has started to slowly improve this morning on the western peninsula. Continued improvement across most of the state is expected throughout the day and into Friday evening, though some smoke may linger.  Source:  National Weather Service Seattle 

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