A man stops on his bike Saturday along the Willamette River as smoke from wildfires partially obscures the Tilikum Crossing Bridge in Portland, Ore. John Locher/AP hide caption
toggle caption John Locher/AP
Wildfires are destroying homes and communities on the West Coast — and they are also creating some of the world’s worst air pollution in a region usually known for its clean living and stunning views. The fires and massive plumes of smoke are also affecting the fight to control COVID-19.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s air quality monitoring website Airnow.gov currently lists Portland’s air as “hazardous” Monday, with air quality index readings that have ranged from 350 to more than 515.
“When the forecast is Purple (very unhealthy), everyone