We can expect to be exposed to wildfire smoke for an extended period from the fires currently burning on the Reservation and others in the area (Methow and B.C.) This sets up circumstances for people to experiencing an increase in sore throats, dry nasal passages, and headaches.
To help with these symptoms please DRINK WATER.
This continued advisory signifies that conditions have not changed from previous days and that health concerns have increased.
For the week please take precautions to minimize your smoke exposure, we will be in these conditions for a long time.
Predicted Air Quality for the Colville Reservation, next three days:
Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups (Orange) to Unhealthy (Red)
Concentrations vary by time of day and wind velocity
Some precautions to help protect yourself and your family:
Learn what the current air quality condition are, see websites below
Keep window and doors closed
Run air conditioner unit set to recirculate and the fresh-air intake closed
Use a high-efficiency particulate (HEPA) air filter in your AC unit if possible
Use room size portable air cleaners to remove smoke that enters your home. You may need multiple units to be effective.
Limit door use by selecting a primary entrance for all to use
Stay hydrated, keep drinking lots of water
Smoke concentrations very during the day depending on fire activity and weather conditions. New fire may change the outlook for the Reservation into higher levels of health concern.
Useful websites to track fires and smoke are located online:
Washington State, including links to federal, state and local agencies: http://wasmoke.blogspot.com
AirNow Fire and Smoke Map: https://fire.airnow.gov/