Smoke from Canada affects air quality in Kittitas County

August 2, 2017 GMT

Air quality was listed as unhealthy for sensitive groups in Ellensburg this morning because of smoke from fires burning in British Columbia, according to the state Department of Ecology.

In a morning update on the Washington Smoke Information website, Ranil Dhammapala of the DOE said air quality in the state is among the worst in the country. With a strong high pressure system anchored over the state, air quality is likely to vary from moderate to unhealthy for the next several days, he wrote.

Smoke was visible through much of the state this morning, with unhealthy air quality in Ritzville, Ephrata and Okanogan. Officials said flights at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport could be delayed because of smoke.

People should avoid physical exertion outdoors if smoke is in the air, according to the state Department of Health.

If you are sensitive to smoke, run an air conditioner (if you have one), set it to re-circulate and close the fresh-air intake. Make sure to change the filter regularly. Keep windows and doors closed.

For more information on wildfire smoke in the state, go to http://wasmoke.blogspot.com/.

For up-to-date information on air quality, go to https://fortress.wa.gov/ecy/enviwa/.