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Air Quality in Spokane improves; Indians play Saturday

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

Update Saturday: Everyone can breath a little easier Saturday. The Department of Ecology reported Saturday morning that the air quality in Spokane is back to good or moderate levels today. The air quality had been up to hazardous levels Friday because of smoke from wildfires in our region. 

The Spokane Indians game was cancelled Friday because of the air quality. The Indians will be playing as scheduled Saturday against the Vancouver Canadians with first pitch at 6:30 p.m.

Friday's game has been rescheduled for next Friday, August 28, as part of a doubleheader. Game 1 starts at 5 pm and game 2 will start a half hour after game 1 ends. The two games will be 7 innings each.

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Update: As of Friday night, Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency now lists the air quality in Spokane as hazardous. The Air Quality Index was listed at 330, which is the index's highest level. Please stay indoors.

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Due to smoke from wildfires in Washington being carried across the Inland Northwest, the Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency has now listed the air quality in the Spokane area as "Unhealthy for all age groups." 

As of Friday afternoon, the Air Quality Index was listed at 183. This means many more people than average may have breathing problems or have worsened symptoms of existing lung or heart disease. Officials from Spokane Regional Health District (SRHD) and Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency (Spokane Clean Air) are urging residents to take precautions to protect their health.

"Everyone should limit time spent outdoors. Everyone should avoid exercising outdoors, including sports teams and choose non-strenuous indoor activities, Contact your health provider if you have specific questions about poor air quality and its potential impact to your health," said Dr. Joel McCullough, SRHD health officer. 

The SRHD says in addition to the general population, people with asthma, respiratory infection, diabetes, lung or heart disease, or have had a stroke should especially stay indoors. Infants, children, pregnant women and adults over age 65 should also stay indoors.

Also, if you are trying to access the Spokane Clean Air website, you need to know that due to a high volume of visitors, they are experiencing problems. 

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