Air quality alert issued for parts of Minnesota until Tuesday

22 August, 2018, 02:25 | Author: Andrea Terry
  • A window washer cleans a plus 15 in downtown Calgary as the city was hit with heavy smoke on Wednesday

"We'll evaluate again this evening and tomorrow morning to see if we do the same or if we up the tempo or, if the air quality gets even harsher, whether we cancel altogether".

Smoke from B.C. wildfires can be seen more than one million kilometres away from Earth, and the province's communities are dealing with some of the worst air quality on the planet.

People in parts of Alberta are being warned to brace for another round of thick smoke as hundreds of wildfires continue to burn in British Columbia.

Many monitoring stations in B.C. are reporting AQHI health risk levels in the high to very high range, with some modest improvement expected in the next few days over the interior, but worse conditions along the coast as winds shift.

"During a wildfire, smoke conditions can change quickly over short distances and can vary considerably hour-by-hour", states the advisory.

"That smoke is just sitting down in some areas, and I think that's what's going on in Lake Forest Park", he said.


Air quality alerts are in effect for much of Washington state through Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.

There are 17 large fires burning on more than 300,000 acres across Washington and OR with about 8,200 fire personnel deployed, according to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center.

She said the use of portable air cleaners has been associated with better lung function, lower blood pressure, and reduced inflammation in children and adults.

"Elite athletes will face difficulties breathing, some early exhaustion, and in extreme cases if they're also dehydrated, they may experience confusion from difficulty breathing the air", Corneil said. "The air quality readings across the Sound are relatively similar".

Satellite images show strong northeast winds carried smoke across the Cascades from fires burning in Eastern Washington on Monday afternoon.

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