Smoke

Wildfires
5:53 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

When Wildfire Smoke Gets Bad - Ways To Stay Healthy

Hot and dry conditions are expected to create above-normal wildfire conditions in parts of the Northwest this summer.
Credit Washington Incident Management Team #2 / InciWeb

Hot and dry conditions are expected to create above-normal wildfire conditions in parts of the Northwest this summer. While relatively few people will have to flee the flames, many more will experience a side effect of the fires: thick, acrid smoke.

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Wildfire Aftermath
7:04 am
Thu August 22, 2013

Locals Left Behind In Sun Valley Worry About Economic Impact Of Fire

The Ketchum Grill was among the few businesses in town that stayed open throughout the evacuations. Business remains down.
Credit Jessica Robinson

Not everyone fled Sun Valley, Idaho, when a huge wildfire threatened the resort area. Many locals remained in the surrounding communities and kept the stores, restaurants and gas stations open. Now, firefighters are gaining the upper hand. The smoke is clearing. But without the return of vacationers, many locals worry the real disaster is economic – and that one is just beginning.

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Wildfire Smoke
8:05 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Wildfire Smoke Leads to Emergency Room Visits in Southern Oregon

A NASA Earth observatory image of mile marker 28 in the Simcoe Mountains northeast of Goldendale, Washington where eight major wildfires have burned through forests and grasslands in the Pacific Northwest.
Credit Jesse Allen and Robert Simmon

A photo snapped by a NASA Satellite this week captured huge plumes of wildfire smoke blanketing Southern Oregon. More than 50,000 acres of forest have burned there. In cities like Shady Cove and Grants Pass, the amount of particle pollution has reached unhealthy levels for more than a week.

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Effects Of Northwest Smoke
4:09 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

Northwest Smoke Makes Air In Some Areas Worse Than L.A.

Experts predict few, if any, long-term health effects from the wildfire smoke.
Vince Patton OPB

About a dozen wildfires are still burning in the Northwest, keeping the air hazy and unhealthy. But experts predict few, if any, long-term health effects. Correspondent Anna King reports.

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Smoky Skies
4:50 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Smoke Creating Vicious Cycle In Northwest Skies

Smoke from wildfires can create some spectacular sunsets, like this one near Boise, Idaho.
Jim Larson Flickr

The fight against numerous large fires in central Washington is turning the corner. Since the weekend, fire bosses have been able to release nearly 400 firefighters from the blazes near Wenatchee. But forecasters say it may be a while before the Inland Northwest sees clear, blue skies again.

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Wildfire Smoke
5:51 pm
Fri September 21, 2012

Thousands Of Face Masks Distributed In Smoke-Weary Central Wash.

American Red Cross volunteers help to distribute respirator masks in Wenatchee, Wash.
Kyle Miller Red Cross

Washington state's Department of Health has shipped more than 20,000 face masks to central Washington towns blanketed by wildfire smoke. Air pollution monitors in Wenatchee, Ellensburg and nearby towns are consistently showing the air is hazardous to breathe.

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Central Washington Wildfires
5:27 pm
Fri September 21, 2012

Progress In Wildfire Fight, But Stagnant, Smoky Air Lingers

Heavy smoke from multiple wildfires continues to fill valleys on the east slopes of the Cascades.
Vladimir Steblina USDA Forest Service

In central Washington, fire commanders report progress securing fire lines and limiting the spread of wildfires in the direction of threatened homes. But smoky air continues to stress thousands of people in Wenatchee, Cashmere, Entiat and Chelan.

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Central Wash. Wildfires
4:13 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Central Wash. Fires Grow, Smoke Still A Major Problem

The Wenatchee Complex Information Officer discusses fire behavior and strategies while a smoke column from the Poison Canyon Fire is visible in the background.
Vladimir Steblina USDA Forest Service

The wildfire situation in central Washington continues to worsen. A complex of lightning-sparked fires north of Ellensburg has grown to more than 30,000 acres. Mandatory evacuations are in place near Liberty, Wash., along Highway 97.

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Effects Of Wash. Wildfires
6:32 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

Wildfire Smoke Closes Schools; Tree Faller Dies

Heavy smoke from multiple wildfires continues to fill valleys on the east slopes of the Cascades.
Vladimir Steblina USDA Forest Service

A tree faller assigned to a wildfire burning north of Wenatchee has died. The U.S. Forest Service says the man became ill Monday afternoon from an unspecified cause. He was transported to a hospital where he later died.

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Central Washington Wildfires
6:16 am
Thu September 13, 2012

Residents Report Central Washington Smells Like Smoke

Smoke billows from a lightning-sparked fire in the hills outside Wenatchee, Wash
Photo by user Teresia Flickr

The smell of smoke hangs in the air across much of central Washington Wednesday. At least four significant wildfires are burning around Wenatchee, making the skies hazy. Vicky Cibcki works at the Anjou Bakery near the town of Cashmere.

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