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Canadian Wildfires Send Smoke South, Impacting Air Quality for Over 100 Million People

More than 100 million people are under air quality alerts from Wisconsin to Vermont and down to North Carolina as smoke from Canadian wildfires continues to waft south. (Photo: KXXV)
More than 100 million people are under air quality alerts from Wisconsin to Vermont and down to North Carolina as smoke from Canadian wildfires continues to waft south. (Photo: KXXV)

The smoke from Canadian wildfires has been wafting south, affecting the air quality in several regions of North America.

While conditions are expected to gradually improve during the holiday weekend, certain areas may experience a slower dissipation of the smoke from Canadian wildfires. (Photo: CNN)

While conditions are expected to gradually improve during the holiday weekend, certain areas may experience a slower dissipation of the smoke from Canadian wildfires. (Photo: CNN)

Impact of Canadian Wildfires

Over 100 million people in states ranging from Wisconsin to Vermont and down to North Carolina are currently under air quality alerts, CNN reported.

More than 500 active wildfires are currently raging across Canada, leading to a significant decline in air quality in both Canada and the United States.

Toronto and Washington, DC have been particularly affected by the smoke from Canadian wildfires, ranking high on the list of major cities with the worst air quality. Detroit and New York City have also experienced poor air quality due to the smoke.

As of now, the worst air quality in the United States is expected to stretch from Michigan to Ohio and into the Mid-Atlantic, encompassing Washington, DC.

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Efforts to Protect the Public From Canadian Wildfires

In response to the deteriorating air quality due to smoke from Canadian wildfires, authorities have issued air quality health advisories and urged residents to take necessary precautions.

In New York, a statewide air quality health advisory remains in effect, prompting residents to use preventive measures such as wearing masks when outdoors.

Governor Kathy Hochul emphasized the importance of protecting public health and encouraged New Yorkers to be cautious.

The governor’s office specified that areas in western and central New York, along with the eastern Lake Ontario region, are expected to reach the “unhealthy” air quality threshold, while other parts of the state may experience air quality categorized as “unhealthy for sensitive groups.”

The smoke from Canadian wildfires continues to impact air quality across North America, affecting millions of people. While storms have provided some relief in certain regions, the dissipation of smoke may be slower in other areas.

Efforts are being made to monitor air quality and issue advisories to protect the health of vulnerable populations. As the holiday weekend approaches, it is expected that air quality conditions will gradually improve, providing relief from the persistent smoke.

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