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Air Quality Alert extended as Canadian Wildfires in Quebec affect Upstate New York

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The air quality alert for Upstate New York has been extended through 11:59 p.m. Tuesday due to the impact of raging wildfires in Quebec. The smoke from these fires is causing hazy skies and potential breathing difficulties for residents across most of Upstate including the Finger Lakes region.


The state has issued the air quality alert for fine particulates, which can lead to eye and nose irritation and pose a risk to individuals with respiratory issues. The smoke particles can penetrate deep into the lungs, causing shortness of breath and discomfort for those prone to breathing problems.

To safeguard their health, individuals with heart or lung conditions are advised to refrain from engaging in strenuous outdoor activities and remain indoors, as recommended by the state health department.

Over the weekend, the wildfires in Quebec prompted the evacuation of more than 10,000 coastal residents. These fires have been blazing across various regions of Canada, scorching approximately 10,000 square miles of forests and grasslands from western provinces to Nova Scotia.

Aside from air quality concerns, the smoke from Quebec is creating a hazy atmosphere across the Northeast. This haze is blocking some sunlight, resulting in slightly cooler temperatures compared to the expected levels, according to the National Weather Service.

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