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Smoky Conditions. Getting Better?

Smoke from dozens of wildfires in British Columbia descended on northern Puget Sound over the weekend creating health issues for those with breathing issues making them sensitive to smoke-filled air.

The following graph provided by data collected at the air monitoring station set up by the Northwest Clean Air Agency and located in north Custer shows just how quickly conditions changed mid-day on Sunday, July 5th and how they have changed since.

custer air quality monitoring station timeline as of 2015-07-06

Air quality continues to improve since yesterday as the northeast winds that were pulling the smoke southward have shifted sending the smoke in a more easterly direction as can be seen from a satellite loop from the morning of July 6th.

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But conditions considered “Unhealthy” were reported as of 7am today, July 6th, based on the following scale

custer air monitor health advisory gauge 2015-07-06

Washington Department of Ecology provides the following advice for when air quality is “unhealthy,”

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Everyone should limit time spent outdoors. Everyone should avoid exercising outdoors (including sports teams) and choose non-strenuous indoor activities. People with asthma, respiratory infection, diabetes, lung or heart disease, or have had a stroke should stay indoors. Infants, children, pregnant women and adults over age 65 should also stay indoors.

Current local air quality conditions can be monitored at the Custer monitoring station’s web page.

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