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Pierce County burn ban for smoky air includes barbecues, campfires 

Diminished air quality prompted the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency to ban all outdoor burning in the region Wednesday. The state 1 burn ban went into effect at 4 p.m. for Pierce, King, Snohomish and Kitsap counties because smoke from British … Continue reading

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Haze from Canadian wildfires spreads across many US states

Large wildfires raging across Canada have contributed to a smoky haze lingering above the Western U.S., blazes fueled by the familiar hot, dry conditions that have turned much of the region into a tinderbox. The smoke has caused spectacular red … Continue reading

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WSU helps predict air quality during smoke season

As wildfire smoke clouds Pacific Northwest skies, researchers from Washington State University are helping improve air quality predictions with the first high-resolution, Web-based air-quality forecast system in the country. Created by researchers in WSU’s Laboratory for Atmospheric Research (LAR), the … Continue reading

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Wildfires causing hazy skies, vibrant sunsets in Minnesota

Have the skies looked a little hazy, and the sunsets extra red this weekend? That’s because strong winds have blown particles and smoke from a massive, rapidly spreading wildfire in north-central Washington state and Canada to Minnesota, which is creating a foggy … Continue reading

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Air quality alert issued for wildfire smoke

Smoky air that blew into Inland Northwest in a few hours Thursday afternoon likely will persist through at least Saturday as a 12-day heat wave gives way to moderating temperatures, but also gusty winds. The blue-brown haze from Central Washington … Continue reading

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Almost half of Americans live with unhealthy levels of air pollution

Nearly half of all Americans live in areas with unhealthy levels of air pollution, according to an American Lung Association (ALA) report released Wednesday. Nearly 148 million people live in areas where smog and soot particles make it unhealthy to … Continue reading

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Air quality issues result in Washington burn bans

Stage One burn bans have been issued in Snohomish and King Counties, Washington, US, in an attempt to avoid air quality worsening any further and to protect public health. Puget Sound Clean Air Agency issued the burn ban in an … Continue reading

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Air quality worsens again in Wenatchee, Cashmere

Wildfire smoke has poured back into the Wenatchee and Cashmere areas, plunging air quality there back into the “hazardous” category, according to the Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology). Both communities have been hammered by smoke carried by winds from area … Continue reading

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