Air quality reaches hazardous levels in Spokane

Heavy smoke remains in Yakima Valley, air quality

Large wildfires in the Washington Cascades and British Columbia could make the air across Western Washington unhealthy during that time, the alert said.

"The millions of vehicles on Bay Area roads during these hot summer months create unhealthy air quality and make breathing more hard for many", said Jack Broadbent, executive officer of the air district.

Low visibility caused by the smoke led to the delay and cancellation of some flights in the province on Sunday and Monday.

For comparison, Beijing and Mumbai - two cities renowned for typically poor air quality - scored 47 and 50 respectively.


The national air monitoring group AirNow released a map Sunday showing conditions in Washington and, directly north of the border, in Canada to be the worst on the North American continent.

The smoke is expected to move south on Monday and persist through the night.

Meanwhile, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has issued an air pollution advisory for southern Oregon that remains in effect until further notice. Approximately 6,000 people living near active fires have been told to leave their homes, while more than 11,000 people have been warned that evacuations could be ordered. Authorities believe five of the six were sparked by lightning and the sixth by human activity.

Smoke originated from BC's 600-plus wildfires burning is making it's way out east, with Alberta and Saskatchewan issusing similar alerts.

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