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Wildfire air pollution decreases air quality in Washington

The recent dry climate has sparked wildfires across Washington and Oregon. According to the Department of Ecology (DOE) in Washington state, air quality monitors in the region of central and eastern portions of the state are showing high levels of fine particulate matter,  far beyond healthy levels.

"Wildfires are dumping smoke on us and the weather forecast is not indicating a change anytime soon, so this smoke could be around for awhile," said Karen Wood, manager of DOE's Air Quality Program in Washington’s 13 easternmost counties.

The wildfires are creating a significant amount of smoke and fine debris. According to the source, local residents should consider spending the majority of their time indoors. A home or building outfitted with an air purifier such as the IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier can alleviate an individual's risk of breathing in fine particulate matter.

Smoke from wildfires can travel hundreds of miles and impact the health of everyone, but especially at-risk are groups such as children, the elderly and those with pre-existing respiratory conditions. By investing in a home air purifier, a homeowner in can feel safe and secure that he or she is breathing in healthy, clean air.