The air quality in Central Washington’s Winthrop was so bad Thursday that the National Weather Service of Spokane compared it to Mordor, the evil realm of a dark wizard in “Lord of the Rings.”

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Thanks to several fires burning in Okanogan County, Winthrop had the worst air quality in the country Thursday morning, according to Air Quality Index’s real-time map.

Though the index at Winthrop by 2 p.m. had come down to 142, which is unhealthy for sensitive groups, it started Thursday with a whopping high score of 429. An air quality index above 300 is dangerous for all groups.

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