Wildfires, Wind Cast Haze Over The Willamette Valley

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Due to the poor air quality, the B.C. Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy issued a special air quality statement for the Comox Valley, Campbell River, Nanaimo/Parksville and Duncan on Thursday. Similar health advisories were issued then. They should check with their healthcare providers about how to manage during times of unhealthy air quality. The agency also recommends you avoid outside exercise when the air quality is unhealthy. He says it is more common in Eastern and Southern Oregon.

But Svelund said the air pollution woes are not completely out of the ordinary.

Wildfires across the state are creating hazardous and smoky conditions.

Federal standards describe Portland's current air quality range as "unhealthy" and caution "everyone may begin to experience health effects", while young people, the elderly, pregnant women and other sensitive groups could experience more serious health setbacks.

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Temperatures in the Lower Mainland are expected to sit between 25 and 30 C throughout the rest of this week.

Beijing's air quality index was 80, Shanghai sat at 78, and Chongqing was ranked 65, all of which are considered moderate, according to the World Air Quality Index Project. The Washington advisory estimates that air quality could stay poor until August 8.

The National Weather Service and DEQ say the smoke will likely stick around for the next several days.

A shift in the wind is expected Friday night and Saturday morning and should push the smoke out of the area.

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