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Poor air quality lingers in Whatcom County

Poor air quality lingers in Whatcom County”

The Department of Environmental Quality and the National Weather Service on Monday extended an air quality alert for western OR and southwest Washington through noon Thursday because of the hazardous air quality.

Due to smoke from wildfires in the US and B.C., Environment Canada has issued an air quality statement for the southwestern edge of the province, including Banff National Park, Canmore-Kananaskis, the Crowsnest Pass and Waterton Lakes National Park.

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued Spare the Air alerts through Wednesday because of wildfire smoke, making it 30 straight days of the alerts ban wood burning in the region. Air quality in the Libby region is listed as hazardous, and very unhealthy in Thompson Falls.

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Wildfires burning around California as well as in OR and Washington have sent large amounts of smoke around the Bay Area and kept people mostly indoors to avoid the unhealthy air quality.

Exposure to particulate air matter - a result of wafting wildfire smoke - is particularly a concern for people with underlying conditions, respiratory infections like COVID-19, pregnant women, infants, children, and older adults. Seeley Lake and Hamilton have both reported air quality levels at UNHEALTHY FOR SENSITIVE GROUPS. "Moderate to heavy smoke impacts are expected to continue throughout the area". In other words, it is unlikely that air quality will improve significantly today or Monday.



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