Air quality alert issued for parts of Minnesota until Tuesday

A window washer cleans a plus 15 in downtown Calgary as the city was hit with heavy smoke on Wednesday

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

Air throughout the region continues to be smoky due to fine particulate matter resulting from wildfires across B.C., according to the statement issued by Environment Canada.

Wildfire smoke originating in Canada is now clouding the skies over central and northeast Minnesota.

"The millions of vehicles on Bay Area roads during these hot summer months create unhealthy air quality and make breathing more hard for many", said Jack Broadbent, executive officer of the air district.

The Department of Ecology has advised that children, the elderly and those with respiratory illnesses stay indoors, or limit outside activity in areas classified as hazardous. The station in Ellensburg reports "very unhealthy" levels of air pollution.

Smoke from fires in British Columbia drifting into Washington and Idaho will cause unhealthy air levels through Tuesday, the weather service said.

Kathy, from Skyway, sent this photo in Monday night, says her vehicle picked up a dusting of ash.

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"During a wildfire, smoke conditions can change quickly over short distances and can vary considerably hour-by-hour", states the advisory. "We may even see a few raindrops on Sunday".

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

It's a rare occurrence that also happened previous year, raising concerns for many locals that it may become normal during wildfire season.

"Medium range weather models suggest southwest winds will (bring) some clean air to western Washington by Thursday and in eastern Washington by Friday, perhaps keeping it all clean through the weekend, except close to major fires", the blog reported in a Monday post.

If you're anxious about the air quality in your home and don't already own an air purifier, you can build one for less than $20 if you have a box fan.

The strong winds are likely the source of ash that started falling on Monday evening.

The clean air agency also issued a Stage 1 burn ban Monday afternoon until further notice.

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