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Alaska Air suspends all PDX flights, citing wildfire smoke

urged businesses to shut down outdoor operations and send their workers home.

Oregon’s Department of Environmental Quality again rated air across much of the state as “hazardous” Monday, with air quality scores among the very worst in the world. The state warned unhealthy air will persist at least through Thursday.

The air quality index in the Portland area was near 400 Monday afternoon, well above hazardous levels. In parts of the state closer to the wildfires, the index topped 500.

“Improving weather conditions in the coming days could begin to dissipate smoke in Portland and Spokane,” Alaska said Monday. “However, other airports in the West could be impacted by drifting smoke.”

— Mike Rogoway | mrogoway@oregonian.com |503-294-7699 | twitter: @rogoway |

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