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UPDATE: Air quality now considered ‘Unhealthy for everyone’ in region

The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency issued an updated air quality alert on Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018 – declaring that the current air is ‘Unhealthy for everyone’ for the entire Puget Sound region.

Air pollution is increasing due to wildfire smoke, and may cause health problems.

“Currently, the air quality has reached levels that are UNHEALTHY for everyone in the Puget Sound region,” the agency said. “Although we could have some clearing tonight, with so much smoke around it will likely linger through Thursday. The outlook for early next week shows smoke could return.”

Wildfire smoke can cause a range of health problems:

Everyone should take precautions, especially children, older adults, and people that are pregnant, have heart or lung issues (asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease COPD), or that have had a stroke:

As always, check with your health care provider for more specific questions and concerns.

To learn more about wildfire smoke, and to subscribe to updates, visit the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency’s website [3].

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