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Air quality alert in place for Malheur County through the weekend

The sun reflects off the surface of irrigation ponds near the Malheur River on a smoky Friday, Aug. 13. The Air Quality Index was over 150 - unhealthy for everyone. (AUSTIN JOHNSON/The Enterprise)

As if another heat wave wasn’t enough, now there is a seriously unhealthy haze over the valleys and hills of Malheur County. The National Weather Service office in Boise issued an air quality alert that will extend through the afternoon of Monday, Aug. 16.

According to the BreezoMeter, an air quality data monitoring company, the . . .