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Wednesday, August 22, 2018 - 08:14

Air quality monitoring from the Department of Ecology and Central Washington University shows "very unhealthy" air quality across western Washington and "unhealthy" in central Washington from smoke. Air Quality Alerts continue across the entire state. Weather forecasts that the smoke should dissipate by the end of the week. Source: National Weather Service

Tuesday, August 21, 2018 - 09:53

The air quality level in Ellensburg is "unhealthy," while Yakima is at "unhealthy for sensitive groups", and CWU's Centers located in Wenatachee and on the westside of the mountains is at "unhealthy".

Fires in Canada and Washington are being blamed for the smoke cover. According to the Washington Department of Ecology, yesterday's east winds have helped blow some of the smoke, but not substantially. Western Washington is expected to have some clearing on Wednesday. View the smoke map above the the most current air quality levels throughout the state.

Monday, August 20, 2018 - 10:19

Air quality levels at CWU Centers and the main campus in Ellensburg range from "hazardous" to "unhealthy".  According to Kittitas County Public Health Department (KCPHD) when "very unhealthy" or "hazardous" air quality conditions exist, people should stay indoors as much as possible and only engage in light activities.

N95 masks are available for CWU employees and students at the SURC Help Desk, Student Medical and Counseling Center, and Jongeward facility. The public may pick up free n95 masks from the following locations:  Putnum Centennial Center in Cle Elum, the Ellensburg Senior Center, and KCPHD. University Centers will rely on their host sites for assistance.

The Washington Department of Ecology provides this Visibility Range & Air Quality Index document that lists additional precautions to take.

Sunday, August 19, 2018 - 22:11

The Washington State Department of Ecology’s (Ecology) air monitor shows “Very Unhealthy” as the latest reading for Kittitas County’s air quality rating with the smoke expected to get worse on Monday and Tuesday. According to EPA Air Now, reduce long or intense outdoor activities and take more breaks. Sensitive people should avoid long or intense outdoor activities, or consider moving them indoors.

According to information from, smoke from British Columbia wildfire blanketed most areas throughout the weekend and will continue into early next week. Air quality will decline in all forecast areas.

Monday, August 13, 2018 - 17:42

The Washington State Department of Ecology’s (Ecology) air monitor showed “Unhealthy” as the latest reading for Kittitas County’s air quality rating.

According to information from “monitors are showing unhealthy to very unhealthy air quality from Wenatchee to Spokane, with no clearing expected in the near-term forecast.

Light winds from the north are expected to continue throughout the day, which means residents in Yakima, Benton, and Franklin counties could see conditions worsen to moderate to unhealthy.”  Ecology has issued an Air Quality Alert, which is in effect until noon on Wednesday, August 15.


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