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Smoke from distant wildfires fouls Baker's air
Baker City's air has been hot but clean this July.
On Wednesday it was hot and a bit dirty.
Smoke from distant wildfires — some as distant as Canada — cast a pall over town Wednesday and pushed the city's air quality from the "good" category into the "moderate."
But just barely.
The city's air quality index (AQI) Wednesday was 57, according to the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality.
The measuring device is at the David J. Wheeler Federal Building, 1550 Dewey Ave.
The AQI is divided into six categories:
• 0-50: Good
• 51-100: Moderate
• 101-150: Unhealthy for sensitive groups
• 151-200: Unhealthy
• 201-300: Very unhealthy
• 301-500: Hazardous
For most of June and into early July, Baker City's daily AQI ranged from 10 to 27 — solidly in the good category.
It rose to 40 on Tuesday and then to 57 on Wednesday.
According to the National Weather Service, the high-altitude jet stream winds have shifted to a northerly direction, bringing smoke from wildfires in Canada into Eastern Oregon and Southern Idaho.
AQIs from Baker City and other places across Oregon over the past 30 days are available at: www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/aqi30Day.aspx