An Air Quality Alert for smoke has been extended by the Olympic Region Clean Air Agency, the Northwest Clean Air Agency, the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency, and the Southwest Clean Air Agency. The Air Quality Alert is now in effect until noon Thursday.

Region wide smoke will continue through the rest of the week as an extensive area of smoke from Western US wildfires continues to impact the region.

Air quality across the region is expected to remain unhealthy and may improve only slightly into the unhealthy for sensitive groups through mid week.

Pollutants in smoke can cause burning eyes, aggravate heart and lung diseases, and aggravate other serious health problems. Clean Air Agencies recommending staying at home when possible, limiting outdoor activities, and following medical advice from health care professionals.