Published: Tue, August 21, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

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

Heavy smoke remains in Yakima Valley, air quality

Air quality is expected to get worse as smoke builds up with visibility being affected.

Previous year saw several days of hazardous air quality in September, with Spokane pinned between wildfires to the north, south and east.

As B.C. residents look for ways to cope with the poor air quality, firefighting crews are reporting progress as they continue to battle hundreds of wildfires.

Smoke could worsen into unhealthy levels by Monday, the agency said.

Areas such as Squamish, Whistler, Nanaimo/Parksville and Castlegar also have a 10-plus air-quality rating.

Air quality alerts are in effect for much of Washington state through Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.

Unfortunately, with an offshore flow expected, smoke concentrations will increase along coastal regions, including the Lower Mainland.

Forecasters are warning of unhealthy air in parts of the Pacific Northwest as winds push smoke from surrounding wildfires into the region.

An air pollution advisory for southern OR remains in effect until further notice.

The BC Wildfire Service says about 550 fires are burning in the province, but there weren't many lightning strikes over the weekend and that gave crews a chance to concentrate on some of the 54 blazes now threatening people or property.

Benenati said yellow emojis can be concerning to people who have asthma.

The north end of Vancouver Island is covered by the advisory as well.

In central Canada, more than three dozen fires are now burning in Ontario, stretching fire crews thin, the report added.

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