Today (Saturday, August 29) the air quality in the region has been downgraded to “hazardous” on the scale used by the Washington Department of Ecology (see also WSU EHS resources at the link in the announcement below). This has been aggravated by smoke and blowing dust forecast to last at least through the day. Consider staying indoors & limiting exposure.
There are no warnings or emergencies
The poor air quality caused by the numerous wild fires burning throughout the Pacific Northwest has prompted questions from students, faculty, and staff. The health and comfort of all members of our community is of the utmost importance. We also have a responsibility to proceed with classes and other operations, if at all possible.
Based on consultation with Dr. Bruce Wright, executive director of WSU Health and Wellness Services, and others, we will hold classes today and continue business as usual until conditions warrant reconsideration of that decision. We will be sensitive in accommodating faculty, staff, and students who need to avoid … » More …