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Bad air quality get into the very unhealthy range for everyone this weekend

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (News4utah) —  Air quality is bad not just for those in the Pole Creek Fire area but across the entire state.

Our air is expected to deteriorate as the wildfire continues to grow and burn. Moving into the weekend, it’s not going to get much better.

The wildfires are causing havoc to pretty much everyone when it comes to the air we breathe.

“We’re actually able to watch that plume go through Spanish Fork, through Linden to Point of the Mountain and now we’re seeing impacted Salt Lake County. These impacts will keep going north. I expect it to go to Box Elder, possibly Cache County and Idaho,” said Kristy Weber, DEQ Meteorologist Division of Air Quality. 

The air quality index can jump between orange, red and purple throughout the day.

“Purple is unhealthy for everyone even if you are the healthiest person ever,” said Weber. 

The bottom line, limit your outdoor activities.

“My concern is prolonged exposure to fine particulate matter. Smoke from wildfires not only is the particle size dangerous because it gets caught in your lungs it tends to be full of volatiles that can have a lot of adverse irritating reaction within your respiratory problems,” said Weber. 

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