Air quality advisory for OR extended through Thursday

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

On Monday morning, the Montana Department of Environmental Quality reports that the following areas have air quality that is unhealthy: Bozeman, Butte, Missoula, Kalispell, and Lewistown.

Air quality across many parts of Montana is now rated at levels ranging from "unhealthy for sensitive groups" to "hazardous".

Conditions are a little better in some parts of the county east of Bellingham, but all areas still have unhealthy air quality.

"Light southerly winds will continue for another day at least, dragging more smoke directly from OR fires northward along the I-5 corridor", wrote Ranil Dhammapala of the Department of Ecology, in a post on Monday.

A healthy dose of rain in some areas of B.C. on Monday night helped clear out some of the wildfire smoke hanging over the province, but the air quality has returned to the unsafe levels seen since last week.

The corporation posted a message on social media advising that wood smoke wafting north from the USA had cut air quality over central and southern B.C., making delivery unsafe for its workers.

Conditions in Portland were far worse early Tuesday than those in Seattle or Vancouver, British Columbia - the major cities whose air quality were the second- and third-worst globally at that point. "Local smoke concentrations may vary widely across the region as winds and temperatures change, and as wildfire behaviour changes".

While the air quality is expected to improve, officials say it will remain hazardous for the next few days.



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