Smoke From Deadly Wildfires Polluting Parts of the West

Like many people the wildfire smoke took a circuitous route to get to Colorado

Beware the air out there, New West

Currently, the air quality has reached levels that are UNHEALTHY for everyone in the Puget Sound region. Smoke from British Columbia and fires in the Cascades continues to build in the Puget Sound region Monday.

"The computer models that actually forecast smoke suggest that it will slowly get better tomorrow, then probably a lot better on Friday", he said.

Air quality in other parts of the state, like The Dalles and the Medford area, are also listed as unhealthy by the DEQ. The Environmental Protection Agency's AirNow monitoring program now rates Wenatchee and Chelan as the worst sites in the country for air quality, with sites in OR and California filling out the top five.

Tuesday's air quality has been categorized as "unhealthy" by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and is the worst it has been in weeks.

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. Open both for fresh air when air quality improves.

People with asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease can be particularly sensitive.

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"People with pre-existing health conditions, the elderly, infants, children and sensitive individuals are more likely to experience health effects from smoke exposure". If you use the car's fan or air conditioning, make sure the system recirculates air from inside the auto; don't pull air from outside.

The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency recommends people check with healthcare professionals if they have specific concerns or questions.

But, he said, "It's a good way of impressing upon people how air pollution affects us". Seek medical help if you have symptoms that worsen or become severe.

As you're probably aware, Portland is still blanketed in an bad layer of hazy wildfire smoke, stuck over the city after drifting north from fires in Southern Oregon, Washington, and California.

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