Smoke from the West coast has invaded the capital area, causing an orange alert, which is the lowest category of air quality that will effect people. “Sensitive groups only and you just want to minimize your outdoor time. You want to stay inside, stay in the air conditioning,” said press secretary, Greg Langley.
According to Langley the sensitive groups include infants, elderly people and people with breathing disorders, such as asthma.
People can help by reducing emission of chemicals into the air. The department of environmental quality encourages people to limit driving, turn their cars off when stopped and avoid getting gas in the middle of the day can help.
Langley hopes the conditions will improve quickly, and weather forecasts suggest they will. “The winds die down and when there’s no wind, there’s no mixing of these chemicals in the air, and if they don’t get mixed up they can build up to these levels, which are hazardous to people,” Langley said.
The forecast shows winds picking up over night and improving the issue by tomorrow.