Air quality at 'unhealthy' level for Portland metro area due to wildfires

Aaron Brown
August 16, 2018

According to an NWS forecast discussion, haze higher in the atmosphere is from wildfires across south OR and northern California.

If your county is experiencing particularly bad air quality, keep an eye on the Current Air Quality Network Map, updated every hour, to plan your run or other outdoor activity for when air quality will be improved.

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.

For more information on ways to reduce your exposure, see the Washington Department of Health's Smoke From Fire tips. Those include closing windows, running air conditioners on recirculation mode, avoiding driving and closing the windows when doing so and possibly wearing a N95 or N100 rated mask. Use an indoor air filter if available. That's more than Los Angeles and even Beijing, which are both considered among the most polluted cities in their respective countries.

This is an air quality alert for August 15, 2018, from the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency and the local health jurisdictions of King, Kitsap, Pierce, and Snohomish counties.

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"This is unusual for this summer for us", said Craig Kenworthy, director of the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency.

Wildfire season can be a disappointment to those who love being outside.

On Friday, for example, a magenta frowning face warned about hazardous conditions in Eagle Point, where the Air Quality Index reached 340.

According to Environment Canada, the hazy conditions will continue throughout the week.

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.

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