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The Wenatchee Valley is shrouded in smoke looking north from Skyline Drive along Western Avenue on Monday.

WENATCHEE — Heavy wildfire smoke has reduced air quality throughout much of Chelan County to hazardous levels.

At 10 a.m. Monday, the worst air quality was measured near Plain where the air quality index reached a “hazardous” 423, according to Washington Smoke Blog, an air monitoring site operated by a group of Washington government agencies. Leavenworth was almost on par with their neighbors to the north with “hazardous” AQI ratings of 422 and 372.


Cascadian Mini-Storage and Cascadian Apartments are seen Monday morning from atop The Wenatchee World building on South Mission Street. Blocked by smoke is the typical view of East Wenatchee.

Pete O'Cain: (509) 664-7152

ocain@wenatcheeworld.com or

on Twitter@peterocain


Pete O’Cain is a graduate of Central Washington University, served in the Marines Corps and covers public safety in Chelan and Douglas counties. He also leads The Wenatchee World’s wildfire coverage.

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