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Air Quality Alert

1129 AM PDT THU AUG 27 2015

...Air Quality Alert in effect until further notice...

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
Colville Confederated Tribes
Spokane Tribe
Kalispel Indian Community
Coeur d`Alene Tribe
Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency
Kootenai Tribe of Idaho

Elevated concentrations of wildfire smoke from area fires
continues across eastern Washington and north Idaho. Additionally,
blowing dust is expected over much of the area on Saturday.  All
areas east of the Cascades and into north Idaho can continue to
expect poor air quality through the weekend. There may be times
and locations where the air quality improves to the Good category,
but this is not expected to persist.

Precautions to be taken for areas experiencing increased smoke and
reduced air quality include:

*Everyone should avoid heavy work or exercise outdoors when the
 air quality index reaches unhealthy levels.

*Older adults, small children, and those with respiratory
 conditions or heart disease may be more sensitive to poor air
 quality and should stay indoors and avoid heavy work when air
 quality reaches unhealthy levels.

*Drink plenty of water. Staying hydrated helps dilute phlegm in
 the respiratory tract, making it easier to cough out smoke
 particles. Plan on coughing; it is nature`s way of clearing your
 lungs. Avoid caffeine products, sugary drinks and alcohol because
 they have dehydrating effects.

*Stay cool when the weather is warm. Run your air conditioner to
 recirculate air. Turn the fan blower on manually so it
 continuously filters the air in your home.

*If working outside, use a dust mask...N95 or N100. If a dusk mask
 is not available, cover your nose and mouth with a damp

This Air Quality Alert will be reevaluated by Monday at noon.

For more information, please see the following websites:


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