Hard to see, hard to breathe: US West struggles with smoke

A window washer cleans a plus 15 in downtown Calgary as the city was hit with heavy smoke on Wednesday

In fact, as of Monday, August 20th, Metro Vancouver air pollution has risen to an unhealthy level.

Changes in wind direction have brought over more smoke to the area from wildfires around northern and central Washington, as well as from British Columbia.

The system even allows you to check on individual components of the air quality index such as ozone, nitrogen dioxide and particle pollution which is what is found in wildfire smoke.

Organizers said that the Tuxedo Junction concert, scheduled to take place at the Arbor Crest Wine Cellars Sunday, had been canceled due to the air quality.

Smoky, hazy conditions are making a return to the Puget Sound region because of wildfires in British Columbia and the Cascade Mountains, according to the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency. A year ago saw several days of hazardous air quality in September, with Spokane pinned between wildfires to the north, south and east. As seen on the images below, the index for Vancouver has unhealthy levels in nearly all areas. The smoke is expected to exit the state completely by 9 a.m. tomorrow.

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Those who typically walk or jog to work are advised to consider taking a bus or Skytrain instead until the air quality improves.

The National Weather Service issued an Air Quality Alert through 5 p.m. Wednesday.

"It may be short-lived, but we expect at least a couple days of cleaner air coming up", a multiagency update said.

A wider air quality warning is forecast to remain in effect through at least noon Tuesday. But that shift will sends smoke streaming back toward the Lower Mainland, South Coast, and Vancouver Island, where air quality will begin to deteriorate through Sunday evening.

In British Columbia, more than 10,000 homes across the province are on alert to evacuate due to the almost 600 wildfires burning, BC Wildfire Service spokesman Kevin Skrepnek said.

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