Spokane air quality in the 'very unhealthy' range; 'Tuxedo Junction' concert cancelled

Grant Boone
August 22, 2018

In fact, as of Monday, August 20th, Metro Vancouver air pollution has risen to an unhealthy level.

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Smoke from fires in British Columbia drifting into Washington and Idaho will cause unhealthy air levels through Tuesday, the weather service said.

Almost all air quality in Washington was listed as unhealthy or worse on Monday, with the Pacific coast the only exception.

As 11 large fires raged in California, there were hotspots of unhealthy air quality in certain parts of the state - especially near the wildfires.

Another day of very low air quality is affecting all of Big Sky Country.

The Montana Department of Environmental Quality issued an air quality alert for 19 western Montana counties.

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"You probably want to reduce the level of exercise you're doing outside", Dr. Sack said.

Things were looking a little better Wednesday, as cleaner air began pushing onshore, according to the National Weather Service in Seattle, which said the state had the worst air quality in the country.

For those wanting a break from the smoke, Saxton said indoor spaces with air conditioning tend to have the cleanest air.

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.

There is now an Air Quality Alert is in effect for every county in Montana.

About 550 fires are burning in British Columbia, the Associated Press reported.

Many monitoring stations in B.C. are reporting AQHI health risk levels in the high to very high range, with some modest improvement expected in the next few days over the interior, but worse conditions along the coast as winds shift.

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