New air quality alert for Minnesota

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Those who typically walk or jog to work are advised to consider taking a bus or Skytrain instead until the air quality improves. "These acute effects where the air quality gets worse from wildfire smoke for a few days-they probably do not have long-lasting effects in most of us". The station in Ellensburg reports "very unhealthy" levels of air pollution.

Clark County residents woke up to expected smoky skies Monday morning, and air quality officials continue to deem the area's conditions as moderate. "We now have an air quality reading of "Very Unhealthy/Purple".

Measured at 5 a.m.at a monitoring site on 12th Avenue, air here registered at 331 on the Washington Air Quality Advisory, or WAQA, index, according to the state's Department of Ecology. "This means that everyone should stay indoors, avoid all strenuous activity, close windows & doors".

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency issued another air quality alert on Monday, warning Minnesotans about the ongoing dangers of particulates in the air from wildfires burning in Canada.

Robin Priddy with the Benton Clean Air Agency said these are among the worst readings we have ever had in the Tri-Cities based on a cursory review of historical data.

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Those at particular risk include those with heart and lung conditions, as well as diabetics, infants, or the elderly.

An air pollution advisory for southern OR remains in effect until further notice.

But Yosemite National Park's website warned of poor air quality and visibility at times due to the Ferguson Fire.

"Most of the summer we've kept our onshore winds, even though it's been hot, which kept the smoke out of here until about two weeks ago", said Marriott.

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