Tuesday, 21 November, 2017

Poor air quality expected in Salem this week

Almost all of WA is awash in wildfire smoke today Almost all of WA is awash in wildfire smoke today
Lamar Ellis | 07 September, 2017, 01:56

In the meantime, as air quality remains in the "very unhealthy" range, students in the Lake Pend Oreille School District will be indoors this week. On Wednesday air quality classified as "unhealthy", "very unhealthy", or "hazardous" exists in some areas of California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana. Willamette staff members are monitoring reports from the Department of Environmental Quality and taking necessary precautions based on the levels of smoke in the area. People who are at greatest risk of experiencing symptoms due to smoke include: "those with respiratory disease (such as asthma), those with heart disease, young children, and older adults", the air quality releases said.

"All fires are prohibited, so no campfires allowed anywhere in the state of Idaho right now", says David Luft, the Air Quality Manager for the Boise Regional Office of the DEQ. The advisory is in effect until Thursday at 10 a.m.at which time conditions will be reevaluated, according to a DEQ news release. Some schools also were making sure that students did not stand in lines outdoors before or after school. The pins in blue are the air quality monitor locations.

CDPHE stated the areas in eastern Colorado below 7,000 feet, including Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins, Greeley and Colorado Springs, are most affected by the air quality.

"Consider limiting outdoor activity when moderate to heavy smoke is present".

 For homes without a central heating and/or cooling system, use portable air purifiers to remove particles (air purifiers that utilize HEPA filters are best; avoid using air purifiers that produce ozone).

If you don't have clean air indoors, visit community places - such as a public library - that have air conditioning.

"With how many (fires) are up there, as long as they're continuing to burn, we could definitely still see smoke", Cotsakis said.

The West Richland Police Department has 120 N-95 respirator masks available at no cost to give to elderly people and others with health conditions that could be aggravated by the smoke.

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