Air quality to worsen as smoke returns

Elias Hubbard
August 20, 2018

The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency's Saturday forecast for Pierce County was that smoke levels could be unhealthy for sensitive groups Sunday and could get worse Monday or Tuesday. Everyone should stay indoors.

Air quality in Spokane has tipped into the "very unhealthy" range, and regional air quality monitors caution anyone, regardless of health, from exerting themselves out of doors.

There are now over 400 active wildfires in the province, emanating smoke that NASA says can be seen from satellites 1.5 million kilometres away.

The National Weather Service in Seattle has issued air quality alerts for much of Washington state.

Two women's college soccer matches scheduled at Gonzaga University in Spokane and Eastern Washington University in Cheney were canceled Sunday because of the poor air quality, university officials said.

People without air conditioners who need relief from the heat should head to public places with air conditioning, including libraries and community centers.

With winds pushing smoke from British Columbia and the fires in the Cascades in the direction of Puget Sound, the agency expects poor air quality to continue through Wednesday.

Respiratory masks sold at hardware and home fix stores may help protect from air pollution, according to the Washington state Department of Health.

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