Air Quality Alert Issued For Northeast, Central And Southwest Minnesota

Faith Castro
August 22, 2018

To help you stay informed about air quality during the fire season, KQED Science is providing this map showing air quality in your area and what it means for your health, updated hourly. Air quality statements have been issued for Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, as well as northwestern Ontario.

"We're concerned about anybody with any kind of pre-existing condition - MS, diabetes, cancer, heart disease, and definitely respiratory diseases", she said Monday, when the sky over parts of British Columbia were a hazy grey.

Multiple area high school sports have reported either cancelling or moving practices indoors.

"It didn't feel that great to my lungs", he said.

There have been more than 1,122 wildfires on 295,734 acres of state land this year.

The Wildfire Service said the smoke in the Kamloops Fire Centre made it hard to see new fires on the weekend and limited its use of aircraft to fight the blazes.

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The Federal Aviation Administration said airplanes bound for the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport may be delayed because of low visibility. "Purple is very unhealthy and purple is hazardous".

Things were looking a little better Wednesday, as cleaner air began pushing onshore, according to the National Weather Service in Seattle, which said the state had the worst air quality in the country.

Due to the poor weather, residents could experience symptoms like increased coughing, throat irritation, headaches or shortness of breath.

Smoky conditions are expected to persist into Tuesday with some clearing on Wednesday when a westerly flow will clear things up later in the week, according to Global BC's chief meteorologist Mark Madryga.

At an outdoor soccer camp in downtown Vancouver on Monday morning, parents were advised of the health risks and were given the option to pull their children from camp. The group of siblings and friends rented an RV and drove in to visit a sister who recently moved to the area. "We may even see a few raindrops on Sunday". "We're from tornado alley, and we don't have wildfires".

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