Wildfire smoke causing poor air quality across Northwest

SEATTLE (AP) — Public-health officials are warning of unhealthy air across parts of the Pacific Northwest as smoke from wildfires move across the region.

Nearly 600 wildfires are burning across British Columbia, sending smoke and haze into Washington state.

Several agencies in Puget Sound say air quality was at unhealthy levels for children, the elderly and other sensitive groups Tuesday. In Spokane, officials say air quality could reach the unhealthy range Tuesday and Wednesday.

In Oregon, fires in Washington state and in the southern part of the state are also causing smoky, hazy conditions.

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality on Tuesday issued several air quality advisories. It says air quality was unhealthy in the Portland region, as well as in areas including Pendleton, Grants Pass, Medford and Pendleton.