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Kittitas (pronounced 'kit-i-tass') County is located in central Washington
State. It spans from the lush forested Cascade Mountains to the upper Yakima River Valley plains and
the Columbia River.
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Air quality in Kittitas County was listed as “unhealthy for sensitive groups” as of 8:00am on August 2, 2017 according to the Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology) air monitor located atop Hal Holmes Community Center in Ellensburg. Smoke as a result of several fires in Washington and British Columbia is affecting the air quality in Kittitas County and is expected to continue for several days.
“Outdoor activities should take place when we have “good” air. When air quality changes to “moderate” or worse, we recommend people start making changes, including moving indoors,” asserts Kittitas County Health Officer, Dr. Mark Larson. This recommendation is especially important to consider for outdoor activities currently taking place such as sports camps and practices.
KCPHD wants residents to be aware of current air quality conditions and take necessary steps to avoid negative health effects. Air quality information can be accessed at any time via the Washington Air Quality Advisory (WAQA) online https://fortress.wa.gov/ecy/enviwa/. WAQA is a tool that measures the air quality with categories ranging from “good” to “hazardous” air. Additional resources include the following:
Kittitas County, from the Cascades to the Columbia, and online at http://co.kittitas.wa.us
Contact: Holly Myers, Environmental Health Supervisor, 509-962-7515
Kittitas County has a total area of 2,333 square miles. The highest point in the county is Mount Daniel at 7,959 feet above sea level.