Heavy smoke remains in Yakima Valley, air quality "hazardous"

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The air in Walla Walla County was visibly problematic today, and that was matched by its air quality rating of "hazardous".

Wildfire smoke is the culprit behind the poor air quality. Current air quality levels in Darrington are UNHEALTHY for everyone.

Western Montana is now monitoring where wildfire smoke from California, Oregon, Idaho, Washington and Canada ends up.

Environment Canada says elevated levels of fine particulate matter are expected to last for a few days yet.

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Due to state wildfire smoke that rolled back into the area on Sunday from British Columbia, the EPA has listed the air quality for the Seattle-Bellevue-Kent Valley areas as in the unhealthy range.

CBC meteorologist Johanna Wagstaffe says the smoke has suppressed temperatures across B.C.by five to seven degrees, but the fire danger is still high to extreme.

That's Dr. Coralynn Sack, a pulmonologist and specialist in environmental health at the University of Washington, who notes that with an air quality index above 100 - it's mostly sensitive populations at risk. "Purple is very unhealthy and purple is hazardous". Limit outdoor activities and keep children indoors if it is smoky. Check the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency's website for the most recent conditions.

Air quality advisories were in effect for portions of Washington and OR, according to the weather service.

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Gusty winds and low humidity prompted the National Weather Service to issue a red flag warning for parts of Western Washington until 6 p.m. Wednesday.

The app pulls data from local air quality measuring stations to come up with the calculations.

Officials recommend staying inside with windows closed and air conditioners set to recirculate.

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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