Wildfire Smoke Dampens Air Quality

Smoke blankets Kittitas County.

The views are blurred by a heavy smokescreen, thanks to two combined wildfires.

Sharon Capovilla has her grandchildren out at the park today, and doesn't think the smoke is that big of a deal.

"I didn't think that this was so severe, that I couldn't let the kids come out here and play with their boat," said Capovilla.

The Kittitas County Public Health Department thinks otherwise.

According to their air quality meters, the air in Kittitas County measures as very unhealthy.

That's just one level below hazardous.

The smoke also made it's way into Yakima and Benton and Franklin counties.

Right now, the air quality it listed at moderate for those counties.

The smoke stems from both the Snag Canyon and South Cle Elum fires.

The Snag Canyon Fire has grown to just over 10,000 acres, with 30% containment, while the fire in Cle Elum is at 300 acres, and is currently burning steady.

The health district has been handing out breathing masks for people who absoluitely have to be outside.

However, they still want them to pay attention in case they develop any kind of symptoms if they are overexposed.

"Anyone that has any kind of respiratory distress, anyone that has asthma, lung or heart conditions will notice," said community health specialist Kasey Knutson, "People complain of headaches, dizziness, it really depends."

Capovilla says if conditions do get worse, she will think otherwise the next time around.

"If they change it to be really hazardous, we'll for sure take them in. But I thought I'd chance it."

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