More smoky skies from fire that closed Seattle area highway

by Noah Mcgee August 25, 2018, 2:16
More smoky skies from fire that closed Seattle area highway

Forecasters are warning of unhealthy air in parts of the Pacific Northwest as winds push smoke from surrounding wildfires into the region.

A new app shows you just how harmful wildfire smoke is by measuring it in cigarettes.

Wildfire smoke originating in Canada is now clouding the skies over central and northeast Minnesota.

Measured at 5 a.m.at a monitoring site on 12th Avenue, air here registered at 331 on the Washington Air Quality Advisory, or WAQA, index, according to the state's Department of Ecology. Kitsap County and areas near the Cascade foothills are experiencing air quality ranging from moderate to unhealthy for sensitive groups. "This means that everyone should stay indoors, avoid all strenuous activity, close windows & doors".

N95 or N100 rated masks can help protect some people from air pollution.

According to the National Weather Service in Duluth, a narrow but thick band of wildfire smoke originating from British Columbia is now over central and northeast Minnesota today.

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The AP obtained a copy of the summary, which asserts that the Obama-era plan exceeds the EPA's authority under the Clean Air Act. Two-thirds of electricity comes from coal and natural gas. "Coal plants emit more carbon pollution than all other sources".

Officials have extended the air quality advisory for the Bay Area through Tuesday, saying they expect winds to blow smoke into the area.

Redding, Calif., devastated by the Carr fire this month, has seen three straight weeks of unhealthy air.

There will be "no significant smoke clearing expected before Wednesday for most of the state".

The poor air quality can be especially risky for people with preexisting heart conditions.

PM2.5 stands for particulate matter that is measured at 2.5 microns or less; it's the standard size for inhalable particles that can be harmful.

They also have just 19 out of possible ideal 100 on a worldwide air pollution index called the Breezometer. All you need is a MERV 13 furnace filter and a bit of tape.

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