Officials warn again of air health in smoky Seattle

21 August, 2018, 01:00 | Author: Gregory Stephens
  • A window washer cleans a plus 15 in downtown Calgary as the city was hit with heavy smoke on Wednesday

The current haze hanging over the region is due to wildfires burning across parts of B.C., leaving fine particulate matter hanging in the air. "This means that everyone should stay indoors, avoid all strenuous activity, close windows & doors".

When the sky isn't totally black, the smoke turns it an eerie orange shade, according to Earther. Those who must go outdoors are recommended to wear a N-95 rated respirator mask.

The National Weather Service issued an air quality alert this weekend to take effect 10 a.m. Sunday and run through 5 p.m. Wednesday for Western Washington.

She said the colors following yellow are the main concern.

Smoke from the more than 540 active wildfires continues to impact highway and air travel. Approximately 6,000 people living near active fires have been told to leave their homes, while more than 11,000 people have been warned that evacuations could be ordered.


Thousands of BC firefighters are getting help from colleagues from other Canadian provinces as well as from fire crews from Mexico, Australia and New Zealand.

In central Canada, more than three dozen fires are now burning in Ontario, stretching fire crews thin, the report added.

"That smoke concentration is just going to increase on Monday and into Tuesday as well, as we await a trough of low pressure to push in during the middle of this week that will hopefully clear some of the air out along coastal British Columbia".

Wildfire smoke originating in Canada is now clouding the skies over central and northeast Minnesota.

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

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