Press Release
Public Health


Air Quality in Kittitas County is Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups

Kittitas County, WA - 08/10/2018 - As of 6:00 AM today, the Washington State Department of Ecology’s (Ecology) air monitor showed “unhealthy for sensitive groups” as the latest reading for Kittitas County’s air quality rating.

According to Ecology, “areas away from the fires are likely to scrub out (good air) over the weekend, but increased smoke production from larger fires during frontal passage is likely to keep cities in Chelan and Okanogan counties at “moderate” air quality.”
Please take necessary steps to avoid negative health effects.  Air quality information can be accessed 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.  Additional resources include the following:

“We want residents to limit outdoor activities during times of air quality that read unhealthy for sensitive groups.  However, if a resident is in need of an N95 mask, because exposure cannot be completely limited, KCPHD has masks available” states Interim Administrator Tristen Lamb.  For more information about wildfire smoke and face masks, please visit
Attached is the “Air Pollution and School Activities” table for specific recommendations based on air quality conditions.  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