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Air Quality Alert

IDC009-017-021-055-057-061-069-079-WAC001-003-007-017-019-023-025-
043-047-051-063-065-075-311800-
BENEWAH-BONNER-BOUNDARY-KOOTENAI-LATAH-LEWIS-NEZ PERCE-SHOSHONE-
ADAMS-ASOTIN-CHELAN-DOUGLAS-FERRY-GARFIELD-GRANT-LINCOLN-OKANOGAN-
PEND OREILLE-SPOKANE-STEVENS-WHITMAN-
1057 AM PDT SUN AUG 30 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

Air quality across the region has improved with the wind and rain
from weather systems this weekend. Wildfires continue to burn
across the region and may produce enough smoke for air quality to
diminish into the moderate to unhealthy category at times through
Monday morning. A coordination call with air quality agencies will
be conducted Monday morning to determine what areas, if any, can
be removed from the air quality alert for next week.

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
 handkerchief.

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

For more information, please see the following websites:
airquality.deq.idaho.gov
idsmoke.blogspot.com
wasmoke.blogspot.com

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