Air quality alert issued for parts of Minnesota until Tuesday

Saturday, 25 Aug, 2018

"Wholesale improvement to air quality is not likely until midweek". Current air quality levels in Darrington are UNHEALTHY for everyone.

On Sunday afternoon, several monitors in north-central Washington state showed air quality at hazardous levels.

A change in the weather is expected late Wednesday, she said, when a cold front will sweep across the province, bringing cooler temperatures, scattered showers, wind gusts and the potential for thunderstorms.

Poor air quality will be common across parts of the Pacific Northwest this week as winds push smoke from surrounding wildfires into the region, forecasters and regulators said. This map is from Monday night; black dots are "hazardous", purple dots are "very unhealthy", and the red dots are "unhealthy".

People active outdoors should limit their exertion.

If you do not have an air conditioner, consider finding a public place with clean, air-conditioned indoor air like a public library or a community center. We recommend everyone stay indoors when possible.

The advisory runs through 5 p.m. on Wednesday.

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency issued the alert for fine particle pollution for smoke from Canadian wildfires.

Kathy, from Skyway, sent this photo in Monday night, says her vehicle picked up a dusting of ash.

Air quality advisories were in effect for portions of Washington and OR, according to the weather service. In fact, Seattle's air quality this week has been worse than that of Beijing, which has one of the world's most notoriously polluted atmospheres.

Benenati says orange is unhealthy for sensitive groups like children, the elderly, pregnant women and those with respiratory conditions, red is unhealthy and that is unhealthy for everyone.