Poor air quality lingers in Whatcom County

Local Health Official: Worst Air Quality In The World Can Be Deadly; Check Air Quality Map Here

Local Health Official: Worst Air Quality In The World Can Be Deadly; Check Air Quality Map Here

No relief is expected until at least Thursday afternoon, when more rain is forecast, according to the National Weather Service in Seattle.

Less than a tenth of an inch of rain was recorded Monday night, September 14, at Bellingham International Airport.

The air quality in OR has reached hazardous levels and officials are warning everyone to stay indoors as often as possible.

Hourly air quality values may range from the "moderate", or yellow, to "very unhealthy", or purple.

Relief from the heavy, acrid air flowing from catastrophic wildfires in Washington state and OR likely won't arrive in full until at least the end of the week, according to forecasters.

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The Pincher Creek and Cardston regions are the only exceptions as the smoke is expected to continue until Tuesday.

According to the app "Sh**t!" Present explained everyone can suffer health effects from this smoke and it's especially risky for most vulnerable populations - those most at risk include people with underlying heart and lung disease, the elderly, pregnant woman, children, and people with diabetes.

Environment Canada extended its air quality advisories for the majority of the province again on Tuesday.

Both incorporated and unincorporated Canyon and Ada counties have burn bans in place and woodstove/fireplace bans. A journalist since 1984, he's also a volunteer firefighter for South Whatcom Fire Authority. Propane barbecues and propane fire pits without wood are allowed, however.

Robert Mittendorf covers civic issues, weather, traffic and how people are coping with the high cost of housing for The Bellingham Herald.

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