Press Release
Public Health


Please Be Aware of Air Quality Conditions in Kittitas County

Kittitas County, WA - 12/11/2017 - According to the National Weather Service, Kittitas County is under an air stagnation advisory, which may result in changing air quality conditions. The air stagnation advisory is expected to continue through Thursday, December 14. The range of air quality categories include good, moderate, unhealthy for sensitive groups, unhealthy, very unhealthy, and hazardous.

When air quality is considered unhealthy for sensitive groups, people with sensitive conditions should limit the time spent outdoors.  People with sensitive conditions including the following:

  • People with pre-existing lung or heart conditions such as asthma or emphysema, diabetes, or other respiratory infections;
  • People who have had a stroke;
  • Infants, children, and adults older than 65; and
  • Pregnant women.
If you burn in a woodstove but have other sources of heat, consider using your alternate heat source during times of poor air quality to keep from adding pollution to the valley.
Changing weather conditions contribute to changing air quality.  Residents can access air quality information at any time via the Washington Air Quality Advisory (WAQA) online  WAQA is a tool that measures the air quality with categories ranging from “good” to “hazardous” air.  Residents can access up to date burn ban information by going to
KCPHD will inform Kittitas County residents of future air quality issues.  For more information about health concerns relating to air quality or informational resources, please contact KCPHD at (509)-962-7515. 

Kittitas County, from the Cascades to the Columbia, and online at


Contact: Kasey Knutson, Public Information Officer, 509-962-7515