Lower Mainland air quality levels among the worst in recent years

Smoky skies, bad air from wildfires cover Northwest

Smoky skies, bad air from wildfires cover Northwest

The station in Ellensburg reports "very unhealthy" levels of air pollution.

Air-quality readings are off the chart in parts of Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley as smoke from B.C. wildfires heads south.

As B.C. residents look for ways to cope with the poor air quality, firefighting crews are reporting progress as they continue to battle hundreds of wildfires.

Dr. Trevor Corneil, chief medical officer for Interior Health, the Okanagan's provincial health-care co-ordinator, said Sunday even professional triathletes could struggle if particulate entered their lungs and bloodstream.

Smoky, hazy conditions are making a return to the Puget Sound region because of wildfires in British Columbia and the Cascade Mountains, according to the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency.

Swaths of western Canada have been blanketed by a smoky haze from over 550 fires burning across the west coast province.

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Pregnant women should also take precautions because exposure to smoke can cause lower birth weights, likely leading to long-term problems, she said in an interview.

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

Overall, hundreds of thousands of hectares of land across B.C. have been scorched by this year's 1,891 known wildfires - more than the province has seen in any full year since 2009.

Benenati said along with the app, there are additional resources on DEQ's website if you're looking for more information.

The National Weather Service predicts "widespread smoke" will turn to "widespread haze" by Wednesday as onshore winds return. Portland Public Schools suspended all outdoor sports practices.

The Federal Aviation Administration said planes bound for the Sea-Tac International Airport, Seattle's main airport, may be delayed because of low visibility.

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