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The sky is Brown in color.. Rising smoke causes suffocation of residents in the American Northwest

The sky is Brown in color.. Rising smoke causes suffocation of residents in the American Northwest

Government data revealed that smoke from wildfires in Oregon and Washington covered a large area of the Pacific Northwest of the United States, which led to residents feeling suffocated in Seattle, Portland and other parts of the two states.

In the Seattle area, home to about 4 million people, the sky turned brown and residents had difficulty breathing on Thursday.

Authorities have warned of deteriorating air quality due to forest fire smoke (Reuters)

A spokeswoman for the Washington State Department of the environment, Susan Woodward, said that the deterioration in air quality due to the smoke of forest fires at the end of the year, as is happening now, is unprecedented in the state.

The air quality index measures a combination of ozone and particulate air pollution.

The air was foggy in Portland, and people put masks outside while walking or cycling through the city, said state Environmental Quality Department spokesman Harry Esteve.

Rainfall is expected throughout the region on Friday, which is expected to contribute to firefighting efforts and improve air quality.

Source: Reuters

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