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As fire season sets in, keep an eye on the smoke


A chart at the site shows that the local air quality contained increasing smoke particles as the Willams Flats Fire burned on.

It's smoky outside, not as smoky as last year, but health experts advise being mindful of the amount of smoke in the air and how it affects you. Here are some tools to help with that.

On the Air Quality Index on, which uses a color-coded gradient that measures air pollution on a scale from 0-500, the Grand Coulee Dam area ranged from 139-153 as of 11:30 a.m. on August 6. AQIs of less than 100 are generally considered to be healthy.

The Environmental Protection Agency's Particulate Matter 2.5 scale measures the levels of  five major air pollutants regulated by the Clean Air Ac...

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