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US west coast air now dirtiest in world as fires put area in chokehold

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Olivia Rudgard

Air quality on the west coast of the US has deteriorated to become the worst in the world as wildfires choke major cities, forcing residents to stay indoors for days on end.

Portland, Oregon, and Seattle, Washington, on Tuesday had the dirtiest air in the world, ahead of Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, and Delhi, India.

Pollution from fire smoke has meant air is dangerously polluted as far south as Los Angeles and as far north as Vancouver, Canada, but Portland and other Oregonian cities have been particularly badly affected. Data from the US Environmental Protection Agency showed that much of the state was experiencing an air quality index (AQI) of over more than 400 — classed as “hazardous”...

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