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Kittitas Co. Health Department gets 10,000 masks

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Ellensburg, WASH.--The air quality from the fires is particularly bad in Ellensburg, and the Kittitas County Public Health Department is now handing out masks.

A representative from the health department said people who feel like their health is deteriorating from the smoke should consider moving west where the air quality is better.

But for people who don't have that option, they are advised to stay indoors, close windows and doors and avoid outdoor physical activities.

State health officials have provided the Kittitas County Public Health Department with 10,000 masks.

Currently, they are handing masks out to people over the age of 65 and anyone with a lung or respiratory condition.

Ellensburg resident Robbin Fisher said, "My lungs and chest hurt just a bit yesterday so I've been staying indoors mostly."

"I sneeze. I cough. I have headaches," said Myrna Antonich. "I feel clogged up all the time, and it's all due to the smoke."

Wildfire smoke is also particularly harmful for infants, young children and pregnant women.

The Public Health Department will be closed for the weekend. However, if people need a mask, they should pick one up at the Kittitas Valley Community Hospital.



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