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Air quality advisory in place due to wildfire smoke

Air quality advisory in place due to wildfire smoke”

That's almost double the number of smoke-related alerts issued by the agency from 2008 to 2015, the seven previous years.

Summers in Minnesota are sun, fun and, more and more, smoke.

"The levels we measured at Hope over the weekend, from what we can tell... are, I think, the highest wildfire smoke levels we've measured certainly in the last few years", he says.

Only far northwestern B.C. remains clear of the air quality statement in effect for the rest of the province.

Areas of Southwest Montana will wake up to some cloudy and drizzly skies tomorrow, but we are expected those showers to continue to move out by Wednesday.

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

Multiple area high school sports have reported either cancelling or moving practices indoors.

Planes at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport were grounded for a few hours Sunday due to low visibility, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. The latest round of prolonged smoke happened as hot temperatures and high pressure collided, said Andrew Wineke, a spokesman for the state Ecology Department's air quality program. Kitsap County and areas near the Cascade foothills are experiencing air quality ranging from moderate to unhealthy for sensitive groups.

MPCA meteorologists say the smoke-related alerts are also unusual in that they're not being attributed to nearby fires - they're blazes in British Columbia.

"Smoke is severely impacting air quality today", the Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency said in a tweet Sunday morning.

Environment Canada warns that the poor air can cause coughing, headaches, shortness of breath and throat irritation, specifically in seniors, children and anyone with cardiovascular or lung diseases.

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