Vancouver's air quality unhealthy for sensitive groups

Pauline Gross
August 15, 2018

The air quality in Eastern Humboldt has been deemed unhealthy today by the North Coast Unified Air Quality Management District.

Wildfire smoke from British Columbia creating haze across Western Washington August 13, 2018. The National Weather Service says visibility is down to 3-5 miles in some locations.

Environment Canada and the BC Ministry of Environment issued a special air quality statement Tuesday evening in several regions across the province, including the Okanagan Valley.

The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency issued an Air Quality Alert on Monday that includes all of Snohomish County. High temperatures will drop into the upper 70s and low 80s.

As of 7 a.m., the air quality health index for Edmonton was rated as 7, which is considered high risk for air pollution.

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Smoky conditions have become so prevalent during wildfire season in the Northwest, there is even a blog dedicated to it. In Spokane, officials say air quality could reach the unhealthy range Tuesday and Wednesday. Opening windows in your home may simply let in more polluted air.

The bad air was just the latest in a long summer of poor air quality for southwest Oregon.

We spoke with forecaster Erik Saganic at the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency (PSCAA) to find out how you can enjoy the great outdoors when the air quality isn't so great. Try running your air conditioner and set it to re-circulate the air - the idea is to keep the air moving and keep it cool. "We are definitely in unusual territory". "We are expecting the smoke we're seeing right now in Western Washington to start to move out (Tuesday night) into (Wednesday)".

The service has responded to about 1,792 wildfires in B.C. since April 1, compared with about 1,000 this time a year ago.

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