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Air quality in Libby and Thompson Falls was listed as "unhealthy" while air quality in Columbia Falls and Kalispell was "unhealthy for sensitive groups" as of mid-morning.

An air quality alert remains in effect until noon Wednesday in the Yakima Valley because of wildfire smoke, according to the National Weather Service. Thankfully, we don't expect this to last as long as it did last summer. 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.

When the air is unhealthy, everyone should limit time outdoors and avoid strenuous activities outdoors.

Air conditions should be set to recirculate and windows should be closed. Use an indoor air filter if available.

With air now rated as unhealthy, even healthy people may have symptoms such as dry eyes, coughing and sinus irritation. If you absolutely must drive, make sure to keep your car's recirculation button on.

Mass said the record is based on pollution measurements from the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency, which has been taking those readings for about 18 years. These masks are usually available at hardware and home fix stores.

As you're probably aware, Portland is still blanketed in an very bad layer of hazy wildfire smoke, stuck over the city after drifting north from fires in Southern Oregon, Washington, and California.

On Friday, for example, a magenta frowning face warned about hazardous conditions in Eagle Point, where the Air Quality Index reached 340.

Check with your health care provider for more specific questions and concerns.


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