Wildfire smoke rolls into region

Smoke from wildfires darkens the sun in B.C.'s Okanagan region on Sunday

Both the visibility and the air quality diminished during the afternoon.

The agency rates air quality with four factors from "Good" to "unhealthy".

Lingering wildfire smoke in Western Washington triggered an air quality alert Tuesday, but relief may be close at hand as westerly winds are forecasted to clear the skies again soon.

People in communities stretching from High Level to Cypress Hills Provincial Park are being asked to take precautions.

"Continued fire activity from the Carr, Mendocino Complex, and OR fires continue to send smoke into the area", the NCUAQMD stated in the announcement.

But, Yu said it doesn't matter what direction the wind comes from, because smoke is drifting all over the province and into Alberta.


Street lights had not clicked off as of 8 a.m., drivers used their headlights on the way to work, and the smell of smoke hung heavy in the air.

The low air quality is most likely to have adverse health effects on the elderly, the young and those with chronic heart and lung conditions.

When the air is unhealthy, everyone should limit time outdoors and avoid strenuous activities outdoors.

Environment Canada is asking people to find an indoor place that's cool and ventilated and to use an air conditioner that cools and filters air if possible.

Schools and daycare providers should consider postponing outdoor activities or moving them indoors. Please check with your doctor to see if this appropriate for you. "I would encourage everybody to keep an eye on air quality conditions".

According to the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency, there was no "good" air spanning Snohomish, King, Kitsap, and Pierce Counties.

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