Worst Air Quality of the Year Due to Wildfire Smoke across Puget Sound

Air quality around Western Washington is expected to improve as the week goes on, but the region is currently blanketed in a smoky haze from wildfires in Canada and across the Northwest.

Thick haze is blanketing Western Washington right now, due to wildfire smoke from fires in Canada and across the Pacific Northwest. Air quality is expected to improve as the week continues.

Puget Sound Clean Air Agency says these are the highest particulate levels so far this summer. The air quality in Western Washington reached “unhealthy for everyone” to “very unhealthy for everyone” Wednesday morning at most monitoring sites.

“Last summer we saw levels about this high and before that, in terms of summertime impacts, we haven’t really seen this in over a couple decades,” said Erik Saganic, air resources specialist for Puget Sound Clean Air Agency.

Saganic says people with breathing problems or compromised health should stay inside. Close the windows and doors. He says just doing that can cut fine particulate levels in half.

“We know that these fine particles can actually cause heart attacks and strokes,” Saganic said.

Although air quality is expected to improve later Wednesday, fires are still burning, and a another shift in the wind could bring smoke back to western Washington early next week.

This article originally appeared on www.king5.com.

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