Wenatchee has the smokiest atmosphere in the entire state | Columbia Basin
Atmospheric experts say some residents living in the Wenatchee Valley are beginning to suffer from smoke moving south from the two large fires burning north of Leavenworth this weekend. The White River and Irving fires continue to put out heavy smoke which has intensified over the week. As of Friday afternoon, the Department of Ecology’s air quality monitoring system indicates that air quality in the Wenatchee area is unhealthy for sensitive groups due to airborne carcinogens in the air. ‘air. However, the smoke should clear up somewhat according to the Washington Smoke Blog. Elsewhere in the state, other regions are experiencing moderate to healthy air quality conditions.
“Weather conditions over the weekend will be favorable to reduce the intensity of afternoon burning conditions, limiting smoke production, but with the fire now burning at lower elevations, the smoke is more likely to hang out in Lake Wenatchee and the Wenatchee Valley over the weekend.”
Experts say a full respite from the smoke is not expected anytime soon with more active burning conditions expected in the middle of next week due to the return of a strong thermal trough.