Smoky air returns to Seattle through at least Wednesday

Smoky skies, bad air from wildfires cover Northwest

A look at Metro Vancouver's Air Map also provides a closer, more in-depth glimpse at the air quality health index (AQHI) around specific areas of the region.

Smoke could worsen into unhealthy levels by Monday, the agency said.

Air quality in Spokane has tipped into the "very unhealthy" range, and regional air quality monitors caution anyone, regardless of health, from exerting themselves out of doors.

The National Weather Service in Seattle has issued air quality alerts for much of Washington state.

The NWS says this batch of dense smoke is expected to remain in the Yakima Valley and surrounding areas through Sunday evening and possibly into Monday.

The current haze hanging over the region is due to wildfires burning across parts of B.C., leaving fine particulate matter hanging in the air.

Unsurprisingly, Metro Vancouver's air quality advisory remains in effect moving into the new week.

Environment Canada says, "Smoky skies will continue across most of the province for the next few days".

About 2,200 evacuees have ended up in Prince George, where some people said they were sleeping in their vehicles until other shelter could be found. A planned burn was carried out on the fire's southern edge on Sunday, which officials said would help ensure that the flames would not spread any farther in that direction.

As dozens of wildfires continue to grow in western and central Canada, some towns have been shrouded in smoke so thick, the skies have turned black in the middle of the day.

The north end of Vancouver Island is covered by the advisory as well.

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