Air quality statement issued by Environment Canada

KMVT image from Sept. 6 2017 showing air quality due to a wild fire in the Hailey area

KMVT image from Sept. 6 2017 showing air quality due to a wild fire in the Hailey area

The smoky haze is back, and regional air quality has dropped to its lowest level this year.

"Continued fire activity from the Carr, Mendocino Complex, and OR fires continue to send smoke into the area", the NCUAQMD stated in the announcement.

"The computer models that actually forecast smoke suggest that it will slowly get better tomorrow, then probably a lot better on Friday", he said. DEQ extended an existing advisory in Jackson and Josephine counties and portions of Klamath County where bad air quality is expected through the weekend.

This air quality history shows how bad the air has been in recent days, according to the Washington Department of Ecology.

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A value of 50 or below represents good air quality with little potential to affect even those with respiratory conditions, while a value over 300 represents hazardous air quality and is likely to affect even healthy individuals.

Thunderstorms could move into the Pacific Northwest on Friday morning, but they likely will be too far to the south of the Tri-Cities in OR to improve local air quality. Those recommendations apply to sports teams, the local health district pointed out.

And while members of sensitive groups - including kids, older adults, pregnant women, people with breathing or heart problems, people with diabetes, and people who have had strokes - should adhere to safety guidelines set by air-quality forecasters and public-health officials, bad air quality doesn't necessarily have to mean you're restricted to the treadmill or stationary bike.

N95 or N100 rated masks can help protect some people from air pollution.

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The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency advises residents throughout the Puget Sound region to stay indoors today.

There are now wildfires burning in 15 Western states as well as the Canadian province of British Columbia.

In British Columbia, more than 10,000 homes across the province are on alert to evacuate due to the almost 600 wildfires burning, BC Wildfire Service spokesman Kevin Skrepnek said. Make sure to change the air conditioner's filter regularly. About 3,050 people have been told to evacuate and an additional 18,720 people are under an evacuation alert, according to the Forest Service.

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