Roughly 70 million people in the United States are predicted to be impacted by unhealthy air quality due to the Canadian wildfires.
People in states ranging from Montana, New York, Ohio, and Illinois are claimed to be under air quality alerts with conditions such as “poor air quality” and “decreased visibility” predicted as a result of the ongoing Canadian wildfires, according to CNN.
While CNN has claimed that roughly 70 million people are predicted to be facing unhealthy air quality alerts, Fox Weather has claimed that almost 110 million people are facing air quality alerts until Monday evening.
Areas that are facing severe air quality alerts from the smoke could stretch as far north as Calgary, Alberta, in Canada to places like Rochester, New York, according to AirNow.
Various cities throughout Pennsylvania, Nebraska, New York, Ohio, and South Dakota are facing red levels of severe air quality as a result of the smoke from the wildfires, according to IQ Air.
Smoke from the Canadian wildfires will impact Middle TN and Southern KY Monday. A code orange, air quality alert will be in place through midnight. Meaning, it is unhealthy for sensitive groups to spend long periods of time outside. pic.twitter.com/k8XewGdiHX
— Shelby Mac (@ShelbyMacwx) July 17, 2023
As the smoke from the Canadian wildfires continues to spread, states such as Tennessee, and southern Kentucky are also facing air quality alerts.
In early June, smoke from the Canadian wildfires became severely noticeable as states across the United States were affected by the smoke and came under air quality alerts. More than 400 fires were said to have been burning throughout Canada.
The Weather Prediction Center suggested the smoke could stay in the air throughout parts of the East Coast until Tuesday, but was not forseen to be as “hazardous” as it was in early June, according to CNN.
New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) issued a press release cautioning residents of her state to “prepare” for the impact that the smoke would have on them once again.
“New Yorkers should once again prepare for smoke from the wildfires in Western Canada to impact our state’s air quality this week,” Hochul said in the statement.
Quebec’s “wildfires” all started at the same time. How? pic.twitter.com/qyZaYoVv7t
— Addison Smith (@AddisonSmithTV) June 8, 2023
As people throughout the U.S. continue to be affected by the Canadian wildfires, almost 1,000 homes in Southern California have been evacuated as a result of brush fires, according to Fox News.
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