CLE ELUM, Wash.- The air quality has drastically changed from moderate to unhealthy within the past few days, which is causing more health risks if exposed to the smokey air for too long.
There are three shelters offering air protection masks every day until the air clears up. You can get your free air mask at the Kittitas County Public Health Dept., Central Washington University info desk and Putnam Centennial Center in Cle Elum.
"My uncle is a firefighter and we were told that the smoke was really thick, and that if we breath it a lot it can damage out lungs in just a few months. And just for precaution in case anything bad were to happen," says Emma Griffith who is a resident in Cle Elum.
The Yakima Regional Clean Air Agency recommends people to stay inside if possible and limit the amount of outdoor activity until the air improves. The masks will be available all day during each location's specified hours.