Poor air quality expected over next few days

KITTITAS COUNTY, Wash. -- The haze from those fires continues to fill the air. Air quality is expected to be poor over the next few days in Upper and Lower Yakima County as well as Kittitas County. Conditions are especially unhealthy for people with sensitive medical conditions.

In fact, the Kittitas Valley Healthcare Clinics report seeing more patients since the fires. Managers of the Kittitas Valley Memorial pool will close all of the windows in the pool area if the smoke continues. People spending any significant time outside are noticing it.

"I'm just hoping it'll calm down because there's a lot of burning, a lot of shrub, a lot of chaos," said Randy Zarate.

The Yakima Regional Clean Air Agency issued a stage one burn ban for Upper and Lower Yakima County. Outdoor burning is also banned on all property run by the Department of Natural Resources.