America smoked again: Largest smoke plume to date in 23 states from Canadian wildfires
About half of the US states are forecast to be affected by smoke from Canada on Tuesday This is the largest smoke plume recorded so far this year The smoke is expected to be pushed off the East Coast by Wednesday
Another massive plume of smoke from Canada hit the lower 48 Monday, with air quality in some half of the U.S. state expected to be affected at least through Tuesday.
Smoke billowed across US cities and states along the East Coast on Monday, prompting local health authorities to issue air quality warnings and urge people with health problems who may be at risk of exposure to smoke to stay indoors.
Code Orange air quality — meaning quality that will affect vulnerable populations — is expected to hit 23 states by Tuesday and include population centers such as Chicago, Pittsburgh, Baltimore and Nashville — all of which were shrouded in smog Monday.
Washington, D.C. ranked among the most polluted cities in the world on Monday afternoon as smog drifted from the Appalachians to the coast.
Smoke from Canada’s wildfires billowed over New York City on Monday morning
NEW YORK: The morning sun was obscured by smoke and clouds as Governor Cathy Hochul issued an air quality advisory due to smoke drifting in from Canada.
A haze from southern states like Alabama and George reached New England and the Great Lakes on Monday. Smoke was also present in parts of Montana and the Great Plains.
Over the weekend, Code Red air quality conditions — which are unhealthy for anyone to breathe — were recorded in parts of Montana and the Dakotas. On Sunday, code red air reached Iowa and Illinois.
Although the smog is not as dense as what was experienced last month, it is affecting a large part of the country and extending further south.
Unlike last time, the smoke is primarily coming from wildfires in western Canada. In June, the smoke was mostly descending from Ontario and Quebec. This is the largest smoke plume recorded so far this year.
New York Governor Cathy Hochul warned New Yorkers that the state would be under an air quality health advisory starting next week.
Upstate communities, including Albany, will be hit hardest by the smoke
On Sunday, Hochul said: ‘If you start looking at tomorrow, you will see a situation similar to what we had a few weeks ago due to the deterioration of air quality caused by the wildfires in Canada.’
‘So we’re going to have air quality problems again.’
By Wednesday, the smoke is expected to dissipate as it pushes up the East Coast.
Smoke rises from the Little Blue River Wildfire (R91162) south of the Yukon border in the Stikine region of British Columbia. It has been an unprecedented wildfire season in Canada
Flames from the Peacock Creek wildfire near Houston, British Columbia, Canada
Authorities say this year’s fires are unprecedented. As of Sunday evening, 883 active wildfires were burning across Canada, with 581 out of control.
Most of the wildfires are out of control in British Columbia, Alberta and Quebec.
Provincial authorities say their resources are past their breaking point and are requesting outside help.
The Canadian government has asked other countries to send firefighters.
Hundreds of US, French and Australian firefighters have been dispatched to help control the blaze in recent weeks.
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