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Vancouver's air quality unhealthy for sensitive groups

15 August, 2018, 20:09 | Author: Lucille Rivera
  • Like many people the wildfire smoke took a circuitous route to get to Colorado

But Metro Vancouver noted that, as the region transition into the next weather pattern, the winds changed to a northwest flow, and by late evening last night (Sunday), smoke was again measurable throughout the region. Air pollution is increasing in Snohomish, King, Pierce and Kitsap counties due to wildfire smoke and may cause health problems.

Conditions are expected to improve in the Portland metro area by Wednesday afternoon, though smoke will hover and haze will linger through the week, according to DEQ.

People in communities stretching from High Level to Cypress Hills Provincial Park are being asked to take precautions.

Over the course of the next couple of days, air quality from the Crowsnest Pass, east to the Taber area, south to the USA border and north to the Calgary area, is expected to drastically deteriorate.

"People with pre-existing health conditions, the elderly, infants, children and sensitive individuals are more likely to experience health effects from smoke exposure". Their advice? The air sucks right now, as you can probably tell by looking out your window.

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So basically, stay indoors if you can, and if you're going outside, don't exert yourself too much.

If you are prone to breathing difficulties, you are advised to remain inside in a place that is cool and ventilated. "So let's say someone doesn't have air conditioning in their home, if they can get to a public library, a shopping space, even temporary relief can reduce the risk for them".

If you have lung disease (including asthma) or heart disease, closely monitor your health and contact your doctor if you have symptoms that worsen.

Air quality Monday morning is shown.

Any rating above seven is considered high.

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