The Northwest Clean Air Agency has again detected air in the unhealthy range due to fine smoke particles coming from wood-burning stoves in the area.
The agency is hoping that air conditions improve today with increasing wind and rain, but they're asking residents in the Columbia Valley to avoid using wood stoves while conditions are poor.
The air quality is often worse in this area in the evenings because more people are home using wood stoves.
The agency says you can reduce smoke from wood fires by always burning a small, hot fire, and consider using manufactured logs because they burn cleaner than cut wood.
Columbia valley residents should check air quality conditions at www.nwcleanair.org before lighting wood stoves.