Spokane air quality reaches "hazardous" conditions

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Smoke from Canadian wildfires are drifting towards the Inland Northwest.

Benenati said along with the app, there are additional resources on DEQ's website if you're looking for more information.

Health officials say signs of smoke-related health symptoms include coughing, scratchy throat, irritated sinuses, headaches, stinging eyes and runny nose. Children and the elderly should avoid outdoor physical activity altogether.

But Steve Weston, head coach of the Vancouver Athletic Football Club, said all the parents opted to let their kids play.

Tower said Monday had been a "really successful day" for firefighters working at Shovel Lake and the nearby Island Lake fire, despite the challenges posed by smoke and ash in the sky.

The afternoon camp for older players was cancelled, however, because the focus is on team training, fitness and agility.

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Unsurprisingly, Metro Vancouver's air quality advisory remains in effect moving into the new week.

The haze is better in some areas, but Environment Canada is warning of reduced visibility and air quality.

A shift in wind direction has brought some relief to parts of the Prairies impacted by spreading smoke, and most of the previous statements dropped on Monday, but that has meant worsening conditions over B.C., as smoke funnels westward once again. Poor conditions are expected to last through Wednesday. "If your home isn't air-conditioned, consider going to a public place (library, shopping mall, recreation centre) that is air-conditioned". Those who must go outdoors are recommended to wear a N-95 rated respirator mask.

At home, a portable air cleaner can reduce small particle concentrations by 40 to 80 per cent, according to studies cited by Vancouver Coastal Health spokesperson Tiffany Akins.

Hayden said to deal with the poor air, he drinks lots of water and wears a mask.

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