EPA: Wildfire smoke poses a health threat

Smoke from wildfires in the region encases Omak, as seen from Kermel Grade on Sept. 8.  Omak Middle School and Omak High School are in the foreground. Several sporting events, school recesses and outdoor practices were canceled. Thick smoke finally cleared up Saturday, Sept. 9, as wind and a little rain were felt in the Okanogan Valley.

Photo by Al Camp.
Smoke from wildfires in the region encases Omak, as seen from Kermel Grade on Sept. 8. Omak Middle School and Omak High School are in the foreground. Several sporting events, school recesses and outdoor practices were canceled. Thick smoke finally cleared up Saturday, Sept. 9, as wind and a little rain were felt in the Okanogan Valley.

SEATTLE – Smoke from wildfires poses a health threat for people who breathe it because fine particles can lodge in the lungs, making it difficult for the lungs to expel them naturally over time.

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