Portland's smoky air is going to hang around a little while longer.
The National Weather Service said Tuesday, Aug. 8, that the region's air quality alert would be extended until noon on Friday, Aug. 11.
Dozens of wildfires burning in the Pacific Northwest, including two dozen in British Columbia and several in Central Oregon, are continuing to send smoke and haze into the Willamette Valley. When combined with the 90-degree temperatures, the haze is making the region's air quality poor and could exacerbate health problems.
Oregon's Department of Environmental Quality issued an air quality advisory on Aug. 2, which was supposed to be lifted by Tuesday.