Fires Lead to Poor Air Quality in the Northwest
Smoke from wildfires in the Northwest and Western Canada are producing significant amounts of smoke in the Northwest, reducing air quality. Smoke filled skies have been seen in many cities with air quality varying from fair to poor and unhealthy depending on time of day and wind direction.
Air pollutants can cause breathing difficulties for children, the elderly, as well as persons with respiratory problems. Those individuals who are sensitive to increased particulate matter, gaseous pollutants such as ozone, or smoke, are encouraged to avoid prolonged or strenuous outdoor activity. It is also recommended that all other individuals limit prolonged or strenuous activity
Pollutants in smoke can cause burning eyes, runny nose, aggravate heart and lung diseases, and aggravate other serious health problems. Limit outdoor activities and keep children indoors if it
is smoky. Please follow medical advice if you have a heart or lung condition.
If it is a regularly scheduled work day, you are urged to car pool, telecommute, or use mass transit. Avoid idling your vehicle and delay fueling your vehicle until late in the day. Reduce the use of gasoline-powered equipment or delay until late in the day.
The poor air quality is likely to last through the middle of the week. Late in the week, the wind direction aloft is likely to shift. This may help to improve air quality across the region.
For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Mace Michaels