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Please be aware of air quality conditions in Kittitas County

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KITTITAS COUNTY, WA - Air Quality in Kittitas County has been unhealthy for sensitive groups this week as a result of higher emissions and air stagnation. As of 7:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 14th, the air quality was considered “unhealthy for sensitive groups.” The range of air quality categories include good, moderate, unhealthy for sensitive groups, unhealthy, very unhealthy, and hazardous.

When air quality is considered unhealthy for sensitive groups, people with sensitive conditions should limit the time spent outdoors.  People with sensitive conditions including the following:

  • People with pre-existing lung or heart conditions such as asthma or emphysema, diabetes, or other respiratory infections;
  • People who have had a stroke;
  • Infants, children, and adults older than 65; and
  • Pregnant women.

If you burn in a woodstove but have other sources of heat, consider using your alternate heat source during times of poor air quality to keep from adding pollution to the valley.

Changing weather conditions contribute to changing air quality.  Residents can access air quality information at any time via the Washington Air Quality Advisory (WAQA) online https://fortress.wa.gov/ecy/enviwa/.  WAQA is a tool that measures the air quality with categories ranging from “good” to “hazardous” air.  Residents can access up to date burn ban information by going to waburnbans.net.

KCPHD will inform Kittitas County residents of future air quality issues.  For more information about health concerns relating to air quality or informational resources, please contact KCPHD at (509)-962-7515. 

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