Spare the air alert issued for Thursday and Friday

25 August, 2018, 02:43 | Author: Carlos George
  • Nova Scotia firefighters leave for B.C. to help control wildfires (4 photos)

"Looks like we could get a little sun and the possibility of blue skies", he said.

On Tuesday the Air Quality in Seattle reached unsafe levels from the smoke coming off wildfires. With this will also come a chance of rain showers, but not in any amounts significant enough to affect the wildfires.

When the air quality is anything other than good, watch for symptoms such as coughing or shortness of breath and reduce exertion. The monitors detect small particles in smoke, but are not able to record larger ash pieces.

What are the health effects of wildfire smoke?

Sensitive groups include people with lung disease, respiratory infections, heart or circulatory problems, a history of heart attack or stroke. People with pre-existing health conditions, the elderly, infants, children and sensitive individuals are more likely to experience health effects from smoke exposure. Everyone should avoid any outdoor exertion. "Despite it not looking like it visually, the smoke has actually been replaced with smog".

Residents can expect to wake up Friday to ash and hazy conditions.

Officials say smoke from fires in western Canada is moving at a high altitude across Atlantic Canada today.

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At times Wednesday night, Bellingham's air worsened to the "hazardous" range, the worst category, and visibility was less than 2 miles.

We're seeing lots of unhealthy readings throughout the state.

British Columbia budgeted $63 million for wildfire suppression for the 2018-19 season but has already spent $274 million, according to figures from the Forests Ministry.

The level of air quality for Vancouver was not listed around 7 a.m.

The Davis fire, near Yaak, is now 6,365 acres and 12% contained.

In Glacier National Park, the Howe Ridge fire is now 10,323 acres.

The Brownstone fire, in the Bob Marshall wilderness, is 1,920 acres. The nearby Monument fire is 6,614 acres and 32% contained.

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