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Start of wildfire season affects air quality

Start of wildfire season affects air quality

As the wildfire season begins, it's crucial for communities, particularly in urban areas, to stay alert to the changes in air quality. According to recent reports from the New York Times, Canadian wildfires have had a significant impact south of the border, affecting air quality across Minnesota and Wisconsin.

This past weekend, smoke from several large Canadian fires drifted into the northern Central United States, prompting air quality alerts in these states. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency issued a statewide alert, while the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources alerted residents in the northwestern part of the state. The air quality reached unhealthy levels due to fine particulate matter, making it crucial for everyone, especially sensitive groups, to minimize outdoor activities.

Firefighting efforts in Canada are ongoing, with multiple fires reported, including major ones like the Teepee Creek fire in Alberta and the rapidly spreading Parker Lake fire in British Columbia. These events highlight the unpredictable nature of wildfire season and the need for preparedness.

As we enter another wildfire season, it is important to stay informed and prepared. Monitoring air quality reports and having protective measures like high-quality masks and air purifiers can make a significant difference in maintaining your health during these smoky conditions.

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