Air quality to worsen in Northwest as smoke returns

The grey areas of this map show areas under a special air quality statement from Environment Canada

The grey areas of this map show areas under a special air quality statement from Environment Canada

"We expect the effects of the smoke, in terms of visibility, in terms of the thickness of the smoke obscuring the sky, that's going to be the worst for the next two days", said Jonathan Bau with Environment Canada.

People with lung and heart disease or who have survived a stroke should ask their doctor if they need to leave the area, said the Department of Ecology.

"I went outside to take the trash out".

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.

Air quality statements have been issued for Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, as well as northwestern Ontario.

There are now over 400 active wildfires in the province, emanating smoke that NASA says can be seen from satellites 1.5 million kilometres away.

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Garda forensic collision investigators officers are at scene of the crash and the road is now closed to traffic. Their bodies have been removed to Sligo General Hospital, where a post mortem will be carried out tomorrow.

A satellite image from Saturday is marked with where fires are burning north and northwest of the Tri-Cities.

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.

Layered treelines are seen through smoke-filled air, Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018, at Snoqualmie Pass in Washington state.

The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency is urging everyone to stay indoors as much as possible and keep windows closed. If you have an air conditioner, use the "recirculation" switch.

Thick smoke from wildfires raging in British Columbia, Canada, and in the eastern portion of the state is expected to spread into western Washington starting Sunday.

N95 or N100 rated masks can help protect some people from air pollution.

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