Smoke from wildfires in Washington and Canada have cast a pall over the metro region.

An Air Quality Alert is in effect until 7 p.m. today.

Wildfires burning in the region, combined with triple-digit heat, have caused air quality to reach unhealthy levels at times through evening of Friday, Aug. 3.TIMES PHOTO: DANA HAYNES - The sun rose as a deep red sphere Thursday and Friday mornings over Portland, thanks to smoke particulate in the air coming from forest fires in Washington and Canada.

Alerts were issued by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, the Southwest Clean Air Agency and Lane Regional Air Protection Agency.

The smoke comes from wildfires in Washington and Canada, and are exasperating the region's triple-digit weather.

Pollutants in smoke can cause burning eyes, runny nose, aggravate heart and lung diseases, and can aggravate other serious health problems. LPeople should limit outdoor activities and keep children indoors when it is smoky. People with heart or lung conditions are encouraged to follow medical advice from their health care providers.

More information about air quality can be found at the DEQ website.

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