The persistent smoke from wildfires has gotten so bad in the Wenatchee and Ellensburg areas that county health departments are telling everyone to stay indoors if possible. Firefighters continue to defend rural homes and subdivisions on the east slopes of the Cascades. Containment of the numerous wildfires there appears a long ways off.
You’ve probably heard warnings before about how people with sensitive lungs should stay inside when there’s air pollution. Residents in parts of central Washington have entered a realm where not just sensitive groups… but everyone is being urged to stay indoors.
Chelan-Douglas Health District spokeswoman Mary Small says if you must go outside in the Wenatchee area, wear a mask.