Smog, smoke prompt Spare the Air alert for Sunday

Smog, smoke prompt Spare the Air alert for Sunday

Smog, smoke prompt Spare the Air alert for Sunday

The haze is better in some areas, but Environment Canada is warning of reduced visibility and air quality.

Those who have to venture outside for extended periods of time and have considered wearing a mask should ensure they purchase the right one.

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

While he can't say if the current air quality is the worst ever seen in the region, Ries says the current levels are among the worst recorded with modern equipment.

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. People with chronic underlying medical conditions were being advised to avoid strenuous exercise until the air quality improved.

It's the second time in a week smoke from wildfires has pushed the state's air quality into risky level.

As a result of the thick smoke, several flights out of the airport east of Vancouver were canceled Sunday, the report added.

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She said the colors following yellow are the main concern.

"Wildfire smoke is a natural part of our environment but it is important to be mindful that exposure to smoke may affect your health".

Clark County residents woke up to expected smoky skies Monday morning, and air quality officials continue to deem the area's conditions as moderate.

A province-wide state of emergency has been in effect since August 15.

They also have just 19 out of possible flawless 100 on a worldwide air pollution index called the Breezometer. The service says smoke from fires in British Columbia is expected to drift into Washington and Idaho, causing unhealthy air levels through Tuesday.

Six new wildfires were discovered in the province on Sunday, bringing the total number burning to 433 by the end of the day. This can become unsafe at times with easterly winds throughout B.C.

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