Extremely poor air condition in Calgary because of wildfire smoke

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"We look to see a gradual decrease from this point forward", he said.

Air quality is expected to be intermittently poor for the remainder of the week as an estimated 600 wildfires continue to burn across B.C.

Unhealthy: People with respiratory or heart disease, the elderly, and children should avoid any outdoor activity; everyone else should avoid prolonged exertion. The PSCAA does not recommend driving, but if you just have to get out of the house, one option is to check the air-quality map and see if you can hop on a ferry for a run on Bainbridge Island.

Using the hashtag #SeattleSmoke on Twitter Wednesday, residents were noting health complications and other issues from the haze.

Almost 600 wildfires are burning across British Columbia, sending smoke and haze into Washington state, according to the Associated Press. The National Weather Service says visibility is down to 3-5 miles in some locations.

"Smoke concentrations can vary widely across the region as winds and temperatures change, and as fire behaviour changes", a press release notes.

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Still, experts say that relief is on its way.

About 25 new wildfires were sparked between Monday morning and midday Tuesday, slightly less than in recent days, Turcot said.

On Saturday, the regional district cancelled a previous air quality advisory after some clean marine air swept through clearing last week's smoke away.

Smoky conditions have become so prevalent during wildfire season in the Northwest, there is even a blog dedicated to it. We are forecasting for GOOD to MODERATE air quality Wednesday and beyond. Their advice? The air sucks right now, as you can probably tell by looking out your window.

The pollution created by the smoke and particles in the air can aggravate their diseases, leading to increased medication use, and more doctor/emergency room/hospital visits.

All outdoor burning is banned countywide.

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