Smog, smoke prompt Spare the Air alert for Sunday

Sunday's weather sees the continuation of the a special air quality statement for Metro Vancouver.

"These are among the worst readings we have ever had in the Tri-Cities based on a cursory review of historical data", said Robin Priddy, director of the Benton Clean Air Agency. "We recommend everyone stay indoors when possible".

Air quality in Spokane has tipped into the "very unhealthy" range, and regional air quality monitors caution anyone, regardless of health, from exerting themselves out of doors.

Smoke from Canadian wildfires are drifting towards the Inland Northwest.

Two women's college soccer matches scheduled at Gonzaga University in Spokane and Eastern Washington University in Cheney were canceled Sunday because of the poor air quality, university officials said.

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The air quality issues have forced many closures and cancellations in Spokane.

The national air monitoring group AirNow released a map Sunday showing conditions in Washington and, directly north of the border, in Canada to be the worst on the North American continent.

If you do not have an air conditioner, consider finding a public place with clean, air-conditioned indoor air like a public library or a community center.

People with chronic health conditions should check with their health care providers before using a respirator mask.

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