WENATCHEE — Smoke from upwind fires today has degraded Wenatchee Valley air quality, leading health officials to warn it’s likely to deteriorate further.
Wenatchee’s state air monitor registered a high of 15.8 micrograms of particulate matter per cubic meter of air by early today, owing in part to the Eagle Fire that grew rapidly Monday outside Leavenworth.
The concentration is considered unhealthy for sensitive groups, including older people, small children and those with respiratory or heart ailments. Chelan-Douglas Health District spokeswoman Mary Small said although most of the population won’t be affected, people meeting such conditions should limit outdoor activity.
Air quality remained in the “good” range in other monitored communities, including Ephrata and Leavenworth itself, though Small said particulate counts may vary widely between locations around North Central Washington.