Air Quality Alert issued for Snohomish County starting Monday night

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The elevated levels of fine particulate matter are expect to persist until there is a change in fire and/or weather conditions.

"Continued fire activity from the Carr, Mendocino Complex, and OR fires continue to send smoke into the area", the NCUAQMD stated in the announcement. "As we get later in the week, we should be smoke free". DEQ extended an existing advisory in Jackson and Josephine counties and portions of Klamath County where bad air quality is expected through the weekend.

Environment Canada released an air quality statement for most of Saskatchewan on Wednesday.

Air quality should improve in Clark County by Thursday night, but haze continues to linger and create unhealthy conditions for some sensitive groups of people.

Instead, they raise the possibility of more lightning strikes in OR to start fires and gusty winds that could spread flames, according to the weather service.

"When the air is unhealthy, then it's a good idea to stay outdoors when possible and limit how much physical activity you're doing outside", said Uri Papish, the agency's executive director.

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People who may be sensitive to air pollution should be particularly careful.

Unhealthy: People with respiratory or heart disease, the elderly, and children should avoid any outdoor activity; everyone else should avoid prolonged exertion. The only mask that the PSCAA recommends is the N95- or N100-rated masks. Those without air conditioning that allows them to close windows should find somewhere to go with clean air, such as a library or community center. Seek medical help if you have symptoms that worsen or become severe.

Almost 600 wildfires are burning across British Columbia, sending smoke and haze into Washington state, according to the Associated Press.

Wildfires in British Columbia have us coughing here in the Pacific Northwest.

An end to the bad air days is in sight, as increasing winds for the remainder of the week should clear some of the haze from the Portland-Vancouver area.

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