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Manitoba affected by BC wildfire smoke, special air quality alert in effect

Manitoba affected by BC wildfire smoke, special air quality alert in effect

The smoke from wildfires across northern parts of Washington state and southern British Columbia has lowered visibility to between one and three miles in some areas and is leading to dangerously unhealthy air quality across the region.

The National Weather Service issued an air quality alert this weekend to take effect 10 a.m. Sunday and run through 5 p.m. Wednesday for Western Washington.

The service says air quality in Western Washington is expected to worsen starting Sunday.

Close windows in your home, if possible, and keep the indoor air clean.

Air conditioners should be set to "recirculate" to prevent pulling more smoky air indoors. Do use an air cleaner with a HEPA filter.




Schools, camps, sports teams, and daycare providers should consider postponing outdoor activities or moving them indoors.

Respiratory masks sold at hardware and home fix stores may help protect from air pollution, according to the Washington state Department of Health.

For more information on ways to reduce your exposure, see the Washington Department of Health's Smoke From Fire tips.

Anyone with lung or heart disease or other chronic illnesses should ask their doctor before using a mask because it can make breathing more hard, according to the Department of Health.