Several growing fires are occurring in Canada, Washington, northern Idaho and Western Montana. It may be that Newport is at Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups based on surrounding monitors. We have requested to borrow an air monitor from the Department of Ecology for use in Newport. Colville is at Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups. People with asthma, respiratory infection, lung or heart disease should limit any time outdoors. People with health conditions may have worsened symptoms. Increase rest periods as needed.
Wellpinit is at Unhealthy from fires just south of them. Outdoor activity is not recommended.
Listed below are helpful resources to determine air quality status, activity recommendations, and ways to improve air quality within school buildings.
- Understanding the air quality conditions is fairly straightforward with this helpful guide https://fortress.wa.gov/ecy/publications/documents/1802024.pdf
- You can check statewide air quality conditions at https://fortress.wa.gov/ecy/enviwa/ . Local monitoring stations currently exist in Wellpinit, Inchelium, and Colville. There are neighboring monitor stations in Post Falls and Spokane.
- If wildfire smoke impairments exist in your area, use the Improving Ventilation and Indoor Air Quality During Wildfire Smoke Events handout that provides recommendations for schools with mechanical ventilation.
- Additional information about local fires, smoke, and air quality forecasting can be found at Washington Smoke Information.