Poor air quality lingers in Whatcom County

Ross Houston
September 15, 2020

Relief will not come quickly for B.C. residents, as the air is expected to improve only marginally by Tuesday, said Blaine Lowry, a warning preparedness meteorologist with Environment Canada.

Melvin wasn't alone. By Sunday night, smoke from the same fires that covered the Bay Area caused the air quality in.


Conditions in Portland were far worse early Tuesday than those in Seattle or Vancouver, British Columbia - the major cities whose air quality were the second- and third-worst globally at that point. It listed the risk at 10-plus for all but the northern quarter of B.C. Health experts have advised people to stay indoors unless absolutely necessary, with Multnomah County authorities going as far as saying nobody should be outside.

As the deadly and history-making wildfires continue to rage on across the western United States, they have created the world's poorest levels of air quality in the Pacific Northwest.


Air quality statements have been issued for four regions of southwestern Alberta along the Rockies, but the weather office says alerts will likely expand before smoke exits that province tonight.

Elizabeth Thai said the smoke hasn't stopped her and other runners from hitting the streets of Vancouver.


N95 masks are different from regular masks because they have five-layer filtration that removes 95% of dust particles, smoke, ash, and bacteria in the air that you inhale.

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