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Air Quality Alert extended to Monday in eastern Washington counties

Photo: National Weather Service of Pendleton

The National Weather service has extended an air quality alert in eastern Washington to 10 a.m. Monday.

Despite air quality improvement in certain areas including the Tri-Cities and Yakima, the National Weather Service (NWS) is keeping the alert in effect.

Wildfires burning in the region combined with forecasted conditions will cause air quality to reach unhealthy levels.

This alert is issued for the cities of Kennewick, Richland, Benton City, Prosser, Hanford, Dayton, Starbuck, Pasco, Connell, Ellensburg, Cle Elum, Easton, Goldendale, White Salmon, Trout Lake, Bickleton, Roosevelt, College Place, Walla Walla, Burbank, Waitsburg, Prescott, Grandview, Sunnyside, Toppenish, Yakima, Granger, Mabton, Selah, Wapato, White Swan, Zillah, Naches, and Cliffdell.

Weather leaders are cautioning people to limit time spent outdoors as polluted smoke can cause burning eyes, runny nose and could aggravate any respiratory illness.

These conditions can especially impact children, according to the NWS.

Current air quality readings can be found at AirNow.gov.

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