Dense fog, hazardous smoke choke Clark County's air

Dense fog, hazardous smoke choke Clark County's air

Vancouverites woke up to some seriously smoky skies Saturday morning.

That's according to, which ranked Portland, Ore., Vancouver B.C., Seattle, Wash., respectively, as the top three cities in the world with the worst air quality as of Sunday afternoon.

According to Environment Canada, a majority of the province, including the Okanagan Valley, North and South Thompson, Shuswap, and Prince George, has been extended air quality statements. Seattle has a index rating of 177 now.

Air quality is in the hazardous range for most of Washington.

"Smoke impacts due to long-range transport from wildfires in the western United States have already been observed in some areas of Vancouver Island, the Lower Mainland, and portions of the Interior", wrote Environment Canada.

An air quality advisory remains in effect Saturday.

Those with chronic underlying medical conditions or acute infections such as COVID-19 should postpone or reduce outdoor physical activity until the air quality advisories in place are dropped, especially if breathing feels uncomfortable.

Smoke from wildfires burning across Washington state blanketed Seattle in smoke on September 11, causing the air quality to plummet to among the world's worst.

People with heart or lung disease, or those who have had a stroke, should consult their health care provider about leaving the area and wearing a properly-fitted respiratory mask if they must go outdoors.

Thumbnail courtesy of Dennis Parkinson/submitted.

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