Published: Tue, September 15, 2020
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Wildfire smoke brings more haze to the Cochrane area

Wildfire smoke brings more haze to the Cochrane area

"They are looking for a brief reprieve mid-week".

Portland's air quality was literally off the chart Sunday.

Conditions in Portland were far worse early Tuesday than those in Seattle or Vancouver, British Columbia - the major cities whose air quality were the second- and third-worst globally at that point.

The index uses a scale of one to 10 to rank risk from stagnant or smoky air and now lists the risk at 10-plus for all but the northern quarter of B.C. Other university locations will make independent decisions about closures based on the air quality of each area.

Canada Post halted delivery services Monday, Sept. 14 to protect its mail carriers against wildfire smoke.

That's because Canada Post suspended service due to health risks from smoke wafting in from Washington State wildfires.

"Air quality is expected to gradually improve for most regions (Monday) evening and overnight as higher smoke concentrations move southward", reads the statement.

"Persons with chronic underlying medical conditions or acute infections such as COVID-19 should postpone or reduce outdoor physical activity until the advisory is lifted, especially if breathing feels uncomfortable", Environment Canada said in the alert. But moving forward, they will decide whether to run depending on how fellow runners are feeling.

"It could be a little different change in color if there is smoke in the air at that time", Lott said. He recommends masks more suited for smoke prevention.

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