Heavy smoke remains in Yakima Valley, air quality "hazardous"

Heavy smoke remains in Yakima Valley, air quality

Air quality levels are going up more quickly than expected in the Puget Sound Region and we are reaching levels UNHEALTHY for everyone in some areas.

"If you open the windows you may let in more polluted air".

Henderson suggested using portable air cleaners indoors to keep the air as clean as possible during smoky conditions.

Henderson said testing had shown levels of fine particulate matter of up to 200 parts per million in some B.C. communities.

Thick smoke from wildfires across the west and northwest are plaguing multiple states, with thick smoke and unsafe air quality, including Colorado.

Planes at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport were grounded for a few hours Sunday due to low visibility, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

Air quality in Spokane has tipped into the "very unhealthy" range, and regional air quality monitors caution anyone, regardless of health, from exerting themselves out of doors.

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The poor air quality can be especially unsafe for people with preexisting heart conditions.

Those highs today are feeling more like the lows from last week.

A current air quality check can be found here. Those who must go outdoors are recommended to wear a N-95 rated respirator mask. "If it's not fitted correctly, all it does is make it harder to breathe", she said.

"From one corner of the province to the other, we've got major fires of note burning right now", Kevin Skrepnek of the BC Wildfire Service told CTV Vancouver.

In the United States, smoke from wildfires also clogged the sky across the west, blotting out mountains and city skylines from OR to Colorado, delaying flights and forcing authorities to tell even healthy adults in the Seattle area to stay indoors.

The north end of Vancouver Island is covered by the advisory as well.

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