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Local pools closed Monday due to unhealthy air

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TRI-CITIES, Wash. - People in the Tri-Cities have fewer places to swim Monday as wildfire smoke has caused unhealthy air throughout eastern Washington.

The City of Richland tweeted Monday the George Prout Pool is closed for the day due to air quality.

The Memorial Aquatic Park in Pasco closed for all activities including swim lessons, lap swim and open swim, city leaders said.

According to a Facebook post, the city of Hermiston also announced a Monday closure for the Hermiston Family Aquatic Center.

The Department of Ecology issued an air quality alert for the counties of Benton and Franklin until noon Thursday.

Smoke from ongoing fires in northern Washington and British Columbia will continue to move across the area.

The department asks that people stay indoors while air is very unhealthy.

The National Weather Service says children, the elderly, and individuals with respiratory illnesses, such as asthma, are most at risk of serious health effects due to smoke.

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