Smoky air returns to Seattle through at least Wednesday

According to the National Weather Service in Duluth, a narrow but thick band of wildfire smoke originating from British Columbia is now over central and northeast Minnesota today.

There is now an Air Quality Alert is in effect for every county in Montana.

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.

"You probably want to reduce the level of exercise you're doing outside", Dr. Sack said.

On Monday, a monitoring station in the city of Spokane near the border hit 382 out of 500 on the Air Quality Index, which is ranked as hazardous.

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As of noon Tuesday, a day spent outside in Seattle was like smoking five cigarettes, according to air-quality comparisons made by Berkeley Earth.

A new mobile app from The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality allows you to have information about your area's air quality conditions at your fingertips.

Pollutants in smoke can cause burning eyes...runny nose...aggravate heart and lung diseases...and aggravate other serious health problems.

People with chronic health conditions should check with their health care providers before using a respirator mask.

"Get ready for a major smoke event", Cliff Mass, a University of Washington meteorologist, wrote on his weather blog. The group of siblings and friends rented an RV and drove in to visit a sister who recently moved to the area. And with no significant rain in the forecast, and offshore winds driving humidity levels down even further, it looks like the province will see little relief in the near future. "It's a different experience".

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