Almost 600 wildfires are burning across British Columbia, sending smoke and haze into Washington state, according to the Associated Press. A high pressure system is pushing upper-level wildfire smoke down.
If your county is experiencing particularly bad air quality, keep an eye on the Current Air Quality Network Map, updated every hour, to plan your run or other outdoor activity for when air quality will be improved.
"Continued fire activity from the Carr, Mendocino Complex, and OR fires continue to send smoke into the area", the NCUAQMD stated in the announcement.
As wildfire smoke blankets the province, the air we're breathing is more risky to your health than in Beijing, China.
Over the course of the next couple of days, air quality from the Crowsnest Pass, east to the Taber area, south to the US border and north to the Calgary area, is expected to drastically deteriorate. Using an air conditioner that cools and filters air may help.
Smoky conditions early this week created the worst air quality conditions seen in Washington this year, said Andy Wineke, a spokesman for the Washington Department of Ecology's Air Quality Program.
In addition to being more reliable, the new site also includes meteorological data, downloadable historical data and analysis tools, and information from the Lane Regional Air Protection Agency. That's more than Los Angeles and even Beijing, which are both considered among the most polluted cities in their respective countries. Just do not forget to use your best judgment, monitor air quality, and talk with your doctor. Meanwhile, lightning strikes over the weekend sparked dozens more fires throughout the state.
"The wildfire season is definitely not done", Wineke said.
Air quality conditions may change quickly.