Raging wildfires have been spreading across much of the West Coast and parts of Canada, burning countless acres of land. Although far from Central New York, these fires can still affect our weather here and have done so through thick layers of smoke that have traveled over hundreds of miles to the North East. This has created a hazy and milky look to the sky across NYS.
Due to the wildfire smoke, all of New York State has been put under an air quality alert for Tuesday, July 20th, 2021. The smoke has altered the air quality to a level that is unhealthy for sensitive groups such as children and those with pre-existing respiratory problems such as asthma or heart disease. The New York State Department of Health recommends that individuals consider limiting strenuous outdoor physical activity to reduce the risk of adverse health effects.
For additional information, please visit the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation website here, or call the Air Quality Hotline at 800-535-1345.