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Kittitas (pronounced 'KITT-i-tass') County is located in central Washington
State. It spans from the lush forested Cascade Mountains to the upper Yakima River Valley plains and
the Columbia River.
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The Kittitas County Public Health Department wants residents to be aware of changing air conditions as a result of the Jolly Mountain Fire. As of the 3:00 pm reading today, a temporary Cle Elum air monitor is showing “unhealthy for sensitive groups” air quality conditions as a result of wildfire smoke. The air monitor in Ellensburg is showing “moderate” air quality conditions.
According to the Washington Smoke Information blog, “air quality across a lot of eastern Washington is not expected to be much better than moderate until Tuesday. Cle Elum could see intermittently “unhealthy” conditions due to the proximity of fires.”
KCPHD wants residents to be aware of current air quality conditions in order to 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 https://fortress.wa.gov/ecy/enviwa/. WAQA is a tool that measures the air quality with categories ranging from “good” to “hazardous” air. Additional resources include the following:
Kittitas County, from the Cascades to the Columbia, and online at http://www.co.kittitas.wa.us
Kasey Knutson, Public Information Officer, 509-962-7515
Kittitas County has a total area of 2,333 square miles. The highest point in the county is Mount Daniel at 7,959 feet above sea level.