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A National Weather Service meteorologist also told The Oregonian/OregonLive that smoky conditions were expected to remain through Thursday or Friday, with only gradual improvement in air quality Tuesday and Wednesday.

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality issued an unhealthy air quality warning for Tuesday because of all of the wildfire smoke in the Treasure Valley.

Conditions are a little better in some parts of the county east of Bellingham, but all areas still have unhealthy air quality.

Air quality in Great Falls and Helena is now listed as being unhealthy for sensitive groups.

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"Basically went from a more favorable flow where we weren't getting the smoke to westerly flow, which brought all that smoke in from OR", said Bill Wojcik, a meteorologist from the National Weather Service in Boise.

On Tuesday, the Swiss-designed real-time air quality information system recorded Vancouver as having worse quality air than USA cities closer to the wildfires - including Seattle. "Local smoke concentrations may vary widely across the region as winds and temperatures change, and as wildfire behaviour changes". "Moderate to heavy smoke impacts are expected to continue throughout the area".

The Department of Environmental Quality and the National Weather Service on Monday extended an air quality alert for western OR and southwest Washington through noon Thursday because of the hazardous air quality.

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