The air was a topic of a lot of conversation over the weekend in the Yakima Valley and across the state. The Yakima County Health District continues to warn about the unhealthy air in the valley as smoke from area fires and from fires in Canada continue to make breathing a challenge. Many sporting events have been cancelled as well as the city free cinema night at Chesterly park Sunday because of the unhealthy air. An air advisory continues Monday.

The Air Quality Alert was issued on Sunday and will remain in effect until at least noon Monday.  Air quality monitoring stations in and around Yakima are reporting air as “hazardous” and “very unhealthy”.  Northerly winds are pushing smoke from wildfires across the Northwest region into the Yakima area.

Government officials are recommending people stay inside with windows and doors closed.  People with chronic health conditions and those who need to go outside are recommended to wear a respirator rated at least N-95.