Fort Collins, Front Range placed under air quality health advisory

The Klamath-Trinity Joint Unified School District has canceled Tuesday classes at all eight of its schools, and the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday is set to discuss a local health emergency because of wildfire smoke impacting air quality.

With wildfires burning on all sides, the state of Idaho is under an air quality advisory.

PRIEST RIVER — Athletic events at Priest River Lamanna High School have been postponed due to hazardous air quality conditions, said PRLHS Athletic Director Matt George Sept. 5.

For now, if you're sensitive to smoke, experts advise you to exercise inside, at least for the next few days.

"One way is if they're actually allergic to the particles - they can have an allergic type reaction that affects their breathing", Mayo said. UNHEALTHY air quality is reported in Hamilton and Libby.

"When you walk outside you can literally taste the smoke and smell the smoke in the air", Dr. John East with Saint Alphonsus Pulmonary Medicine said.

Albrecht said air from the ocean is expected to sweep the smoke away around Wednesday night.

The Health and Counseling Center is providing free surgical masks to help students cope with the smoky and ashy air.

"Our surgical masks primarily are created to try and protect other people from what's coming out of our body to keep them from catching infectious disease from somebody else, but it's not so good for filtering small particles", Dr. Webb said.

So the doctor's orders are to try to avoid the outside air all together.

Just when we thought the haze was finally gone, the smoke is back in Western Washington thanks to wildfires in the central part of the state and Oregon.

Smoke and ash have fallen on The Bluff after two large fires in The Columbia Gorge began blazing Saturday.

DEQ Spokesman Greg Svelund said the air quality was worse north and south of Corvallis. The red dots are risky air quality, shown at Boise and moving north.

The DEQ's air quality advisory means there is a ban on all open burning, including campfires, recreational fires, weed-control burning and residential burning.

Due to the current air quality conditions all outdoor burning is illegal.

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