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Air quality alert in effect due to conditions reaching hazardous levels

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For current air quality readings, click here.

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TRI-CITIES, Wa.- Benton Clean Air Agency has issued an air quality alert. Air Quality is reaching and may maintain at unhealthy, and very unhealthy levels because of the smoky conditions we are experiencing. The pollutant measured is PM2.5; particulate matter smaller than 2.5 microns.

Robin Priddy with the Benton Clean Air Agency said these are among the worst readings we have ever had in the Tri-Cities based on a cursory review of historical data.

Wildfires burning in the region and to our north combined with forecasted conditions will cause air quality to reach unhealthy and very unhealthy levels and potentially remain there until at least Tuesday evening.

Pollutants in smoke can cause burning eyes...runny nose...aggravate heart and lung diseases...and aggravate other serious health problems. Limit outdoor activities and keep children indoors if it is smoky. Please follow medical advice if you have a heart or lung condition.

Individuals should consider air quality conditions before conducting activities outdoors, especially to those who are sensitive to air pollution. Sensitive groups include older adults, children, people who work or exercise outdoors, and those with heart conditions and respiratory ailments such as asthma, bronchitis and emphysema. Everyone else should reduce outdoor activities.

  • Stay indoors when possible.

  • Limit your physical activity outdoors, such as running, bicycling, physical labor, and sports.

  • Close windows in your home, if possible, and keep the indoor air clean.

  • If you do not have an air conditioner, consider finding a public place with clean, air-conditioned indoor air like a public library or a community center.

  • N95 or N100 rated masks can help protect some people from air pollution. These masks are usually available at hardware and home repair stores. Please check with your doctor to see if this appropriate for you.

  • For more information on ways to reduce your exposure, see the Washington Department of Health’s Smoke From Fire tips.at https://www.doh.wa.gov/CommunityandEnvironment/AirQuality/SmokeFromFires

https://www.doh.wa.gov/Portals/1/Documents/Pubs/334-353.pdf

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