Public Service Announcement


Air Quality Fluctuates as Colockum Tarps Fire Continues to Burn

Kittitas County, WA - 07/31/2013 - The air quality in Kittitas County has been fluctuating between good, moderate, and unhealthy for sensitive groups. The range of air quality categories include good, moderate, unhealthy for sensitive groups, unhealthy, very unhealthy, and hazardous.


Current air quality monitoring can be seen on the Washington State Department of Ecology air monitoring site:

When air quality conditions reach unhealthy for sensitive groups, people with asthma, respiratory infections, and lung or heart disease should limit time outdoors.

The Kittitas County Public Health Department will continue to inform Kittitas County residents of the air quality. "We cannot predict whether the county will eventually see unhealthy, very unhealthy, or hazardous air quality conditions," stated Dr. Mark Larson, "since air quality depends on the wild fire situation and weather conditions. The most recent air quality report, according to the Washington Air Quality Advisory (WAQA), was moderate."

Information about health effects from wild fire smoke can be found on the Washington State Department of Health site:

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


Contact: Kasey Knutson, Kittitas County Public Health Department, Public Information Officer, 509-962-7515