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Haze in Yakima Valley is affecting air quality and health risks

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YAKIMA, Wash.- Haze is seen all over the Yakima Valley. The thick layer of smoke is pollution caused by British Columbia wildfires.  For babies, the elderly or people with respiratory or heart problems, it is now a health risk.

"Poor air quality is going to cause them distress and they'll notice it before any of us, most of us won't notice anything maybe not being able to see," said Dave Caprile, a public information officer.

Staff from the Yakima Regional Clean Air Agency suggest people with those conditions stay indoors, keep their inhalers nearby and try not to over exert themselves.

There is a burn ban set at stage one. Staff members say they don't think it will make it to stage two but say it all depends on the weather.

"The major problem is we don't have enough wind to mix it up or move it out so the pollution is just sitting here and its basically the pollution of wood burning," said Caprile.

Agricultural and outdoor burning is not allowed until the haze goes away and the ban is dropped.

This haze is expected to move out in the next couple of days. 

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