According to the National Weather Service, air quality levels in the outdoor air are expected to be above an Air Quality Index value of 100 for fine particulate pollutants.

“The higher the AQI, the greater the health problem,” the weather service said.

More than 8 million acres have burned in the worst wildfire season in Canadian history.

That’s far more than the normal 600,000 acres for an entire typical wildfire season, according to the state Department of Natural Resources. The Wall Street Journal reports.

When pollution levels are elevated, individuals are advised to consider limiting strenuous outdoor physical activity to reduce the risk of adverse health effects, the National Weather Service said.

People who may be particularly sensitive to the effects of elevated levels of pollutants include the very young, as well as those who already have respiratory conditions such as asthma or heart disease.

Wednesday, June 7, was sunny with widespread haze and patchy smoke and temperatures in the mid-70s.

The smoky skies also had an effect on the sun.

“You may also have noticed that sunrises and sunsets look red over the past few days,” the National Weather Service said. “This is caused by Mie scattering. The sunlight is scattered by the smoke particles, which makes the light appear red.”

The air quality alert is in effect until midnight on Thursday, June 8.

Thursday will be dry for most of the day, with sunny and cloudy skies, with highs in the 70s, but showers are likely again in the afternoon and early evening.

Friday, June 9 afternoon with a chance of showers and thunderstorms, mostly cloudy with warmer temperatures in the mid-60s.

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