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Watches & Warnings

Air Quality Alert
Issued: 12:50 PM PDT Aug. 19, 2018 – National Weather Service

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
Spokane tribe
kalispel Indian community
Coeur D'Alene tribe
Spokane regional clean air agency
Kootenai tribe of Idaho

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
Spokane tribe
kalispel Indian community
Coeur D'Alene tribe
Spokane regional clean air agency
Kootenai tribe of Idaho

Washington counties within the air quality
alert include:

Adams
Asotin
    Douglas
    Stevens
    Pend Oreille
    Garfield
    Grant
    Lincoln
    Spokane
    Whitman

Idaho counties within the air quality alert include:

Boundary
Bonner
Kootenai
Shoshone
Benewah
    Latah
    Nez Perce
    Lewis
    Clearwater
    Idaho


... Air quality alert until Tuesday...

Unhealthy air quality will be common at times across eastern
Washington and north Idaho due to the large wildfires currently
burning around the region.

Children, the elderly, and individuals with respiratory illnesses
are most at risk of serious health effects. If you experience
respiratory distress, you should speak with your physician.

Some improvement in ventilation will be possible through Tuesday,
potentially allowing the air quality to oscillate between unhealthy
and moderate to good for a brief spell, however with wind expected to
turn northerly Monday bringing smoke from ongoing fires in British
Columbia is likely to drift into Washington and Idaho and cause a
more pronounced and prolonged return to unhealthy levels.

The air quality alert will be reevaluated Monday and Tuesday by the
agencies listed above and determine if it needs to be extended at
that point.

For additional information on wildland fire smoke impacting
Washington visit the Washington smoke blog at
http://wasmoke.Blogspot.Com and for current Washington air quality
levels, visit https://fortress.WA.Gov/ecy/enviwa/ or airnow.Gov.
You may also contact your local air quality agency.

Additional information for health recommendations, air quality, and
wildfire information for Idaho can be found on the Idaho smoke
information blog at http://idsmoke.Blogspot.Com/




1250 PM PDT sun Aug 19 2018

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
Spokane tribe
kalispel Indian community
Coeur D'Alene tribe
Spokane regional clean air agency
Kootenai tribe of Idaho

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
Spokane tribe
kalispel Indian community
Coeur D'Alene tribe
Spokane regional clean air agency
Kootenai tribe of Idaho

Washington counties within the air quality
alert include:

Adams
Asotin
    Douglas
    Stevens
    Pend Oreille
    Garfield
    Grant
    Lincoln
    Spokane
    Whitman

Idaho counties within the air quality alert include:

Boundary
Bonner
Kootenai
Shoshone
Benewah
    Latah
    Nez Perce
    Lewis
    Clearwater
    Idaho


... Air quality alert until Tuesday...

Unhealthy air quality will be common at times across eastern
Washington and north Idaho due to the large wildfires currently
burning around the region.

Children, the elderly, and individuals with respiratory illnesses
are most at risk of serious health effects. If you experience
respiratory distress, you should speak with your physician.

Some improvement in ventilation will be possible through Tuesday,
potentially allowing the air quality to oscillate between unhealthy
and moderate to good for a brief spell, however with wind expected to
turn northerly Monday bringing smoke from ongoing fires in British
Columbia is likely to drift into Washington and Idaho and cause a
more pronounced and prolonged return to unhealthy levels.

The air quality alert will be reevaluated Monday and Tuesday by the
agencies listed above and determine if it needs to be extended at
that point.

For additional information on wildland fire smoke impacting
Washington visit the Washington smoke blog at
http://wasmoke.Blogspot.Com and for current Washington air quality
levels, visit https://fortress.WA.Gov/ecy/enviwa/ or airnow.Gov.
You may also contact your local air quality agency.

Additional information for health recommendations, air quality, and
wildfire information for Idaho can be found on the Idaho smoke
information blog at http://idsmoke.Blogspot.Com/




Fire Weather Warning
Issued: 12:36 PM PDT Aug. 19, 2018 – National Weather Service

... Red flag warning in effect from 10 am to 6 PM PDT Monday for
wind and low relative humidity for portions of the Idaho Panhandle
and Spokane area...

The National Weather Service in Spokane has issued a red flag
warning for wind and low relative humidity, which is in effect
from 10 am to 6 PM PDT Monday.

* Affected area: fire weather zone 101 northern Idaho Panhandle
and fire weather zone 674 Spokane area. The strongest winds will
occur from Elmira to Post Falls and into the Spokane area and West
Plains.

* Winds: northeast 15 to 25 mph with gusts 30 to 35 mph. The
strongest winds will occur late Monday morning through the early
afternoon. Winds will decrease through the afternoon hours.

* Relative humidities: 15 to 25 percent Spokane area and 20 to 30
percent Idaho Panhandle.

* Impacts: strong sustained winds and low relative humidities
will promote rapid fire spread of existing fires and any new
fire starts.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A red flag warning means that critical fire weather conditions
are either occurring now... .or will shortly. A combination of
strong winds... low relative humidity... and warm temperatures can
contribute to extreme fire behavior.