Press Release
Public Health


Be Aware of Changing Air Quality Conditions

Kittitas County, WA - 08/30/2017 - Kittitas County is currently experiencing air that is fluctuating between “moderate” to “unhealthy” air. As of 11:00 am today, the air quality in Ellensburg and Cle Elum was moderate.

The Kittitas County Public Health Department (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  WAQA is a tool that measures the air quality with categories ranging from “good” to “hazardous” air. 
When air is “unhealthy” everyone should try to stay indoors and limit physical activity.  If being outside cannot be avoided, N-95 or P-100 masks can provide some protection if worn properly.  KCPHD has masks available via the Putnam Centennial Center in Cle Elum at 719 E 3rd Street and at the health department at 507 N Nanum Street.
Additional resources about air quality include the following:

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