August was smokiest month in Spokane region from wildfires since monitoring began in 1999

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SPOKANE, Washington — August was the smokiest month in Spokane since monitoring for smoke particles began in 1999.

That's according to the Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency.

On five days in August, smoke pollution from wildfires was so bad the air was unhealthy for everyone.

Eight other days saw smoke levels rise into the range of unhealthy for sensitive groups, such as people with lung disease and the very old and very young.

The Spokesman-Review reports that the most concentrated pollution occurred during the early evening on Aug. 21.

Several other places in Washington and northern Idaho saw periods of hazardous air quality as the summer wildfires worsened.

A return of wildfire smoke earlier this week put the region back into the high-moderate range for smoke pollution.

Information from: The Spokesman-Review,

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