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Here’s the latest with fires in our region: Two small fires are burning in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness west of Leavenworth and another is northwest of Leavenworth in the Chiwawa drainage of the Glacier Peak Wilderness. All three have remained small over the last two weeks, started by lightning in the late-July thunder cell that…

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Smoke and the summer months unfortunately go hand in hand. But an effort by the Department of Ecology seeks to reduce non-wildfire smoke. Marcus Bellissimo reports chipping and steaming are critical tools in the toolbox.

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In this week’s KOHO Outdoor Report, Dan Langager talks with Adam Vognild, Board Member with WenatcheeOutdoors.org and owner of Inner Circle Gym in Wenatchee, about getting through this month’s intense smoke, like finding pockets of clear air and taking advantage of them, exercising indoors and more, as well as his recent climbing trip to Wyoming.

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Cooler temperatures, cleaner air and a chance of rain? No, it’s not a fairy tale, weather-wise, it’s what could be happening this weekend. Marcus Bellissimo reports.   Photo: The morning visible satellite image shows widespread smoke across the Pacific Northwest, keeping skies hazy and smoky. National Weather Service, Spokane

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Another day today of hazardous air in the Wenatchee Valley and much of the state. A new report “Trouble In The Air” finds some of Washington’s cities experienced a month or more of polluted air days in 2016. Pollutants such as particulate matter and ground-level ozone can have serious health effects. Eric Tegethoff reports.   Photo: SounderBruce/Flickr

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Thanks to calmer weather, firefighters continue direct attack on the Cougar Creek Fire, now estimated at 31,000 acres and still five percent contained. With 300 residential and commercial buildings threatened, a structure-protection team stayed on scene along the fire’s eastern edge on the east side of Entiat River Road. No structures have been damaged or…

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