KHQ.COM - We've received many calls into our newsroom and messages on our Facebook page about smoke down on the Palouse on Sunday. The smoke is actually from a fire on the Washington/Oregon/Idaho border.
The Cache Creek Fire is burning in the Hells Canyon area along the southern border adjacent to the Snake River. It was started six days ago due to lightning. Right now the fire has burned about 43,000 acres and is only 10% contained. Full containment is expected by Friday. As a result of that massive fire, a blanket of smoke has covered southeast Washington, north Idaho, and northeast Oregon. A "Stage 1 Air Quality Advisory" has been issued in Idaho in Latah County, Nez Perce County, Idaho County, Lewis County and Clearwater County (outside of the Nez Perce Reservation Boundaries). The advisory warns that everyone should limit outdoor exertion.