Air quality could improve this weekend

(PRESS RELEASE/National Weather Service)

While air quality will vary from unhealthy to moderate across eastern Washington and the Idaho Panhandle today, there should be some good news tonight.

The National Weather Service is reporting a cold front passage tonight that will increase westerly winds and scour out some of the smoke and haze. Improvement in air quality and smoke is expected by Friday and the weekend but also depends on activity of the regional fires.

The National Weather Service still wanted to remind people that children, the elderly, and individuals with respiratory illnesses are most at risk of serious health effects. If you experience respiratory distress, you should speak with your physician.

For additional information on wildland fire smoke impacting Washington visit the Washington smoke blog at http://wasmoke.blogspot.com and for current Washington air quality levels, visit https://fortress.wa.gov/ecy/enviwa/ or airnow.gov. You may also contact your local air quality agency.

Additional information for health recommendations, air quality, and wildfire information for Idaho can be found on the Idaho Smoke
Information Blog at http://idsmoke.blogspot.com/