Clark County's air quality to shift between moderate and unhealthy


In fact, as of Monday, August 20th, Metro Vancouver air pollution has risen to an unhealthy level.

More smoky, hazy air is expected to blanket much of Metro Vancouver and the Lower Mainland today as almost 600 wildfires continue to rage across British Columbia.

Western Montana is now monitoring where wildfire smoke from California, Oregon, Idaho, Washington and Canada ends up.

Officials have extended the air quality advisory for the Bay Area through Tuesday, saying they expect winds to blow smoke into the area.

Those who typically walk or jog to work are advised to consider taking a bus or Skytrain instead until the air quality improves.

Northwest residents should avoid vacuuming for up to a week as they wait for the wildfire smoke that has again descended over the lowlands to clear.

Wildfire smoke blankets downtown Vancouver on Monday morning.

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The air quality in parts of Seattle is now worse than Beijing, according to the US Environmental Protection Agency.

"Most monitors in Western Washington are still in the unhealthy range due to lingering smoke, but more clearing is expected through tonight and tomorrow".

The air quality was so bad that everyone, regardless of physical condition or age, will likely be affected, according to the Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency.

The National Weather Service predicts "widespread smoke" will turn to "widespread haze" by Wednesday as onshore winds return. Air quality statements have been issued for Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, as well as northwestern Ontario.

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

The fires burning near the Nadina, Shovel and Tesla lakes in the Bulkley-Nechako region remain the largest in the province at more than 1,600 square kilometres combined.

What's more, Metro Vancouver's health risk is as high as parts of the Okanagan.