Health Care

Air quality reaches hazardous levels in Spokane

The grey areas of this map show areas under a special air quality statement from Environment Canada

The app's creator told CitiLab: "So when you make this conversion to cigarettes, it makes it easier to understand what people are dealing with and the consequences air quality has in their daily lives". Health officials say those most vulnerable to health complications due to the low air quality should remain indoors until the situation returns to normal. Current air quality levels in Darrington are UNHEALTHY for everyone.

"Local smoke levels may vary based on wind direction and fire characteristics but, until a significant change in the provincial weather pattern occurs, widespread air quality improvements are not expected".

Conditions will begin to improve overnight from north to south as the smoke plume begins to leave the region, the MPCA said.

Inland communities and surrounding areas may experience episodes of " Very Unhealthy" to "Hazardous" air quality, depending on fire, wind and other meteorological conditions.

On Tuesday, most parts of the state were considered moderate in terms of air quality, according to the EPA's AirNow site. "We now have an air quality reading of "Very Unhealthy/Purple".

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This Air Quality Alert will be updated again on Monday morning. We recommend everyone stay indoors when possible.

An air quality alert is in effect until Wednesday for portions of Northwest Oregon and Southwest Washington as the air quality in the Portland metro area has deteriorated to unhealthy levels. Smoke could worsen into unhealthy levels by Monday, the agency said.

Public health experts treat wildfire smoke as a pollutant, similar in many ways to ozone or automobile emissions.

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

Now, another index conveys just how unsafe the air quality is.