British Columbia wildfires: Smoky skies in western Canada

British Columbia wildfires: Smoky skies in western Canada

The National Weather Service in Seattle has issued air quality alerts for much of Washington state.

The district also urged the public to stay off the roads this weekend.

Haze and smoke from western wildfires fills the air over downtown Minneapolis on Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018.

An air pollution advisory for southern OR remains in effect until further notice. The air quality level is expected to reach into unhealthy for sensitive groups.

The NWS says this batch of dense smoke is expected to remain in the Yakima Valley and surrounding areas through Sunday evening and possibly into Monday.

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"Wholesale improvement to air quality is not likely until midweek".

While some people have started wearing surgical masks outdoors to protect their respiratory systems, Henderson cautioned that her organization does not recommend fighting the effects of the fine particulate matter with masks, except for people who have to work outdoors.

About 2,200 evacuees have ended up in Prince George, where some people said they were sleeping in their vehicles until other shelter could be found. Smoke from fires in British Columbia drifting into Washington and Idaho will cause unhealthy air levels through Tuesday, the weather service said.

Smoke originated from BC's 600-plus wildfires burning is making it's way out east, with Alberta and Saskatchewan issusing similar alerts. Residents of the town about 325 miles north of Vancouver posted images to social media in the morning hours, long after sunrise, to show the world what their city looks like.

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