Ground-level smoke may remain "until later this week": air quality advisory

Henrietta Brewer
September 15, 2020

Canada Post must decide if mail service will resume in several parts of British Columbia after delivery was suspended Monday over plunging air quality linked to smoke from wildfires in the United States.

Air quality and smokey skies are expected to gradually improve for most regions throughout the evening and overnight as smoke moves southward.

Wildfires burning around California as well as in OR and Washington have sent large amounts of smoke around the Bay Area and kept people mostly indoors to avoid the unhealthy air quality.

Speaking during a news conference Sunday afternoon, Dr. Sarah Present the Clackamas County Health Officer, says the hazardous air can be deadly.

The Department of Environmental Quality and the National Weather Service on Monday extended an air quality alert for western OR and southwest Washington through noon Thursday because of the hazardous air quality.

The weather agency says that "wildfire smoke from fires in Washington and OR continues to persist in the region".

Current Conditions Smoke has been moving into Montana from wildfires in Idaho, Washington, and Oregon.

On Tuesday, the Swiss-designed real-time air quality information system recorded Vancouver as having worse quality air than US cities closer to the wildfires - including Seattle. Other sites around the state are reporting GOOD or MODERATE air quality, but may worsen as the day continues.

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