Published: Wed, August 22, 2018
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Air quality alert issued for parts of Minnesota until Tuesday

Air quality alert issued for parts of Minnesota until Tuesday

Until then, air quality levels can be expected to oscillate between unhealthy and moderate.

A narrow but thick band of wildfire smoke originating from British Columbia is now over central and northeast Minnesota this morning.

"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".

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

With smoke in the region thick enough to block views of Puget Sound from I-5 and air quality experts warning of the dangers of outdoor air exposure, what risk are typical, healthy adults and children at?

Tacoma's air was "unhealthy" Monday, with nearby communities like South Hill and Auburn registering as "very unhealthy", according to the state Department of Ecology.

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The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has issued an air quality alert for parts of Minnesota including a portion of south-central Minnesota from 11 a.m. Monday until 9 a.m. Tuesday.

While Metro Vancouver's air quality saw a brief reprieve on Friday, August 17th, the smoky haze returned the day after. For current air quality conditions, health precautions, and additional information on wildland fire smoke, visit the Washington Smoke Blog at http://wasmoke.blogspot.com.

Air quality has deteriorated across the province as more than 500 wildfires burn across British Columbia. Past year saw several days of hazardous air quality in September, with Spokane pinned between wildfires to the north, south and east.

It's the second time in a week smoke from wildfires has pushed the state's air quality into unsafe level.

But Yosemite National Park's website warned of poor air quality and visibility at times due to the Ferguson Fire.

About 550 fires are burning in British Columbia, the Associated Press reported.

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