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Washington, Upper Columbia Basin

Air Quality Alert

Statement as of 5:34 PM PDT on July 11, 2014

Expires 8:45 PM EDT on July 12, 2014


An air quality alert has been issued by the following agencies:

     Washington department of ecology

... An air quality alert has been issued through Monday morning
by the Washington department of ecology for Chelan... Douglas...
southern Okanogan and northern Grant County...

The Mills canyon fire has grown to over 18000 acres and a few new
fires were reported in Chelan County. As of 1 PM Friday new air
quality monitors in Entiat showed unhealthy air. Air quality in
Leavenworth and Wenatchee have been hovering between moderate and
unhealthy for sensitive groups.

Cities near the fires... including Entiat... Wenatchee... Leavenworth
and Chelan... will continue to see periodic smoke impacts at ground
level over the weekend. Smoke is unlikely to blow far into the
Columbia Basin... but could push up against the Cascades and may
cause some haze near the crest.

The biggest health threat comes from the fine particles in smoke.
These can cause burning eyes... running nose... bronchitis and other
illnesses. Smoky air also can aggravate heart and lung disease... and
in extreme cases may even lead to death.

Take common sense precautions. Limit activities and keep children
and others sensitive individual indoors if it is smoky. Follow
doctors advice if you have heart or lung conditions.

For more information please access the department of ecology
website at... /use all lower case/... http://www.Ecy.WA.Gov




534 PM PDT Fri Jul 11 2014

An air quality alert has been issued by the following agencies:

     Washington department of ecology

... An air quality alert has been issued through Monday morning
by the Washington department of ecology for Chelan... Douglas...
southern Okanogan and northern Grant County...

The Mills canyon fire has grown to over 18000 acres and a few new
fires were reported in Chelan County. As of 1 PM Friday new air
quality monitors in Entiat showed unhealthy air. Air quality in
Leavenworth and Wenatchee have been hovering between moderate and
unhealthy for sensitive groups.

Cities near the fires... including Entiat... Wenatchee... Leavenworth
and Chelan... will continue to see periodic smoke impacts at ground
level over the weekend. Smoke is unlikely to blow far into the
Columbia Basin... but could push up against the Cascades and may
cause some haze near the crest.

The biggest health threat comes from the fine particles in smoke.
These can cause burning eyes... running nose... bronchitis and other
illnesses. Smoky air also can aggravate heart and lung disease... and
in extreme cases may even lead to death.

Take common sense precautions. Limit activities and keep children
and others sensitive individual indoors if it is smoky. Follow
doctors advice if you have heart or lung conditions.

For more information please access the department of ecology
website at... /use all lower case/... http://www.Ecy.WA.Gov



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