Wildfires hurting air quality in Washington

first_imgSPOKANE — Wildfires were hurting air quality Monday in much of Washington, as forecasters issued a stagnant weather advisory to last at least through Wednesday afternoon.Smoke from the blazes drifted west over the Cascade Range but had not yet settled close to the ground, the National Weather Service said. That could change by Tuesday, when some smoke is expected in the western foothills of the Cascades.An inversion moved into the Wenatchee area east of the mountains on Sunday evening, holding smoke in the region where 1,700 people were fighting a complex of wildfires burning on about 51 square miles.Hundreds of people have been evacuated as the fires were helped by unseasonably warm temperatures. The area is extremely dry, and conditions are right for rapid growth of existing fires and new fire starts, fire managers said.All of the big fires in the state started during a Sept. 8 lightning storm. About 3,700 firefighters, including some from Canada, were battling the fires.last_img read more

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