Published: Tue, August 21, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

New mobile app maps air quality across the state

New mobile app maps air quality across the state

The entire province of Manitoba is under somewhat hazy skies and Environment Canada has issued an air quality alert. According to air pollution monitors, fine particle pollution is at or above a level that is considered unhealthy for sensitive groups.

"Smoke is severely impacting air quality today", the Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency said in a tweet Sunday morning.

A special air quality statement remains in effect for a large swath of B.C., the Foothills of Alberta and parts of northwestern Ontario.

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During "very unhealthy" conditions, everyone is encouraged to stay indoors, avoid strenuous activity, close windows and doors, set air conditioners to recirculate, and use a HEPA air filter if possible. Check the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency's website for the most recent conditions.

The National Weather Service predicts "widespread smoke" will turn to "widespread haze" by Wednesday as onshore winds return. People with chronic sinus issues, chronic lung issues, and asthma may experience symptoms as well due to small particulate matter in the air.

As B.C. residents look for ways to cope with the poor air quality, firefighting crews are reporting progress as they continue to battle hundreds of wildfires. Learn more about building your own air purifier by clicking here. You want a mask that either has "NIOSH" or "R95", "N95", or "P95", or higher printed on the packaging. At least 16 flights at Kelowna International Airport were cancelled or delayed on Sunday, while cancellations were also reported at airports in Penticton and Castlegar.

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