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Smoky air expected to last days


Viewers at Riley Point barely make out the Grand Coulee Dam on Tuesday. - Scott Hunter photo

Smoke is thick in the air again, originating from fires burning in Montana and Idaho. An air-quality warning from the National Weather Service in Spokane extends through Friday at noon.

Laurie Nisbet, a meteorologist for the NWS, explained that northerly/east-northerly winds have carried smoke from wildfires in Montana to Eastern Washington, and that on Thursday winds will switch to a more southwesterly direction (coming from that direction, not blowing towards).

"When the winds switch to the southwest, we'll probably be infiltrated with smoke from the wildfires in Oregon," Nisbet said.


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