Benton Clean Air Agency issues air quality alert

<p>Air Quality</p>

Air Quality

Employees at the Benton Clean Air Agency say the Air Quality Index in our area is "unhealthy", as the residual smoke from the Taylor Bridge fire blankets the Mid-Columbia.

The agency issued the air quality alert this morning.

Heath experts from the Benton Franklin Health District say residents should avoid doing any prolonged or heavy physical activities outdoors.

They say if you spend too much time outside while the air is unhealthy, you could develop a sore throat, a cough, or have difficulty breathing.

"People who have heart or lung disease, the elderly, and kids need to be careful when they're outside. Particularly if they're going to spend a lot of time outside or if they're going to be having any heavy exertion" said Dr. Amy Person, Benton Franklin Health District.

If you need to run errands or want to go on a short walk, heath experts say you should be fine.

They say the air isn't at dangerously unhealthy levels, but it is something to be aware of.

The smoky air may leave our area tomorrow.

Basically, the air just sits here until the wind can push it out of our area.

Air quality experts expect to see some light winds later tonight or tomorrow.

They say that should be enough to clear the area.