Unhealthy smoky air blankets Northwest

Unhealthy smoky air blankets Northwest

Unhealthy smoky air blankets Northwest

But the poor air quality in Seattle and the rest of the Pacific Northwest can be blamed on wildfires raging in British Columbia to the north; a number of fires in central and eastern Washington State to the east; and the still-burning California wildfires - the largest in that state's history.

Birrell may be among those causing a small increase in the number of residents in the Metro Vancouver and Fraser Valley areas showing up at hospital emergency rooms this week. There's so much smoke that KIRO 7 meteorologist Nick Allard says the haze will shave several degrees off the daytime high temperature, which is expected to top out in the mid 80s. Winds Tuesday afternoon could help clean the air.

Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups (orange): Increasing likelihood of respiratory symptoms in sensitive individuals, aggravation of heart or lung disease and premature mortality in persons with cardiopulmonary disease and the elderly.

Smoky conditions early this week created the worst air quality conditions seen in Washington this year, said Andy Wineke, a spokesman for the Washington Department of Ecology's Air Quality Program.

People should limit their time outside and refrain from vigorous activities like running or playing sports. That's what experts recommend people should do in the summer now - stay indoors with filtered air.

If you do not have an air conditioner, consider finding a public place with clean, air-conditioned indoor air like a public library or a community center. It was rated unhealthy closer to the coast and near Seattle.

Avoid driving, when possible. So if you're considering a mask, check with your doctor before you try it out. If you must drive, keep the windows closed.

As wildfire smoke blankets the province, the air we're breathing is more risky to your health than in Beijing, China.

"During a wildfire, smoke conditions can change quickly over short distances and can vary considerably hour-by-hour", said Environment Canada in a statement.

As always, check with your health care provider for more specific questions and concerns.

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