Smoke polluting Okanagan Valley air, quality statement issued


Smoke from wildfires burning in British Columbia is wreaking havoc on a wide region in western Canada, reaching from northwestern B.C. all the way to central Manitoba.

"It's just kind of something you half-imagine through the smoke", he said.

Visibility in the capital region Wednesday morning was very limited as the sky turned a dark and dirty brown colour overnight from smoke and particulate matter.

People with conditions such as asthma, heart and lung diseases, children younger than 18, adults older than 65, pregnant women and smokers are advised to limit spending any time outside.

Gordon said there might be a bit of a reprieve by late Wednesday across the South Coast. Mass said particulate readings from the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency's Duwamish monitoring site have registered the worst 24-hour average air quality since the agency began keeping records in 2000.

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The Southwest Clean Air Agency's advisory listed several other suggestions to those living under smoky conditions.

Air conditions should be set to recirculate and windows should be closed.

But outdoor adventurers, runners, bicyclists, and anyone used to frolicking outside might be getting antsy after a few days of bad air quality. Here's a handy interactive map to track air quality across the state. Just keep in mind to use your best judgment, monitor air quality, and talk with your doctor.

That's the case in Chelan County, where air quality indexes were pushing 200, according to the World Air Quality Index Project.

Luckily, this creepy, hellish smog shouldn't stick around much longer.According to a forecast by the Oregon Smoke Blog, winds should push most of the smoke out of the Willamette Valley tomorrow, clearing up our air.