Air quality to worsen in Northwest as smoke returns

A window washer cleans a plus 15 in downtown Calgary as the city was hit with heavy smoke on Wednesday

Air quality in Spokane has tipped into the "very unhealthy" range, and regional air quality monitors caution anyone, regardless of health, from exerting themselves out of doors.

The National Weather Service in Seattle has issued an Air Quality Alert for Western Washington, as wildfire smoke returns to the Puget Sound.

The air quality issues have forced many closures and cancellations in Spokane.

Smoke was being pushed south toward the Tri-Cities from fires burning in Washington state and Canada on Sunday.

Smoke from Canadian wildfires are drifting towards the Inland Northwest.

The haze is better in some areas, but Environment Canada is warning of reduced visibility and air quality.

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Layered treelines are seen through smoke-filled air, Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018, at Snoqualmie Pass in Washington state.

Saxton said those with medical conditions should stay indoors and avoid outdoor activities.

People without air conditioners who need relief from the heat should head to public places with air conditioning, including libraries and community centers.

As always, check with your health care provider for more specific questions and concerns.

Poor air quality is particularly hard on people with chronic illnesses, including diabetes and stroke survivors, plus infants, children, pregnant women and older people.

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