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As forest fires continue to rage in the east of Washington, the officials said on Tuesday that the air quality in Seattle was worse than that of Beijing.
Around noon on Wednesday, the Environmental Protection Agency reported that Seattle air quality index 171 (very unhealthy), while in China, where air pollution is a persistent, significant threat to the health, and the Beijing US Embassy Real-time Air Quality Index of 38 (good), KIRO reported.
This probably comes as no surprise, but Washington has the worst air quality in the country today, thanks to wildfire #smoke. Conditions improve slightly tomorrow #wawx pic.twitter.com/8jOiUesIaC
— NWS Seattle (@NWSSeattle) August 15, 2018
The officials warned older residents and young children or people with heart or lung disease “avoid prolonged or heavy exertion.”
The State of Washington has 939 forest fires this year – more than ever – burning more than 34,000 acres protected by the state, the Ministry of Natural Resources, the Seattle Times reported, citing a spokesman of the agency.
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Poor air quality has spread to other parts of the state, and even parts of northern Idaho reported poor air quality on Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).
A tweet from the NWS reported last week that the smoke from the western fires had traveled as far as the East.
The smoke from the western fires is making it all the way to the East Coast and beyond (at least in the air, usually over a kilometer above the surface). Here is the vertically integrated smoke (HRRR model from last night). Another card showed a lot of smoke in the vicinity of the surface, even in New England. pic.twitter.com/0Jl6WDAFjg
— NWS San Diego (@NWSSanDiego) August 8, 2018
Officials are urging residents to limit outdoor activity if possible.
The Associated Press contribute to this report.
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