Gov. Kathy Hochul warned New Yorkers that smoke could be seen in New York state beginning Wednesday, June 28 as wildfires continue to burn across Canada.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation predicted a cloud of smoke would blanket the state as a cold front moved into the northwestern part of the state early Wednesday.

Governor Hochul urged citizens to “remain vigilant” and prepare for possible elevated levels of fine particulate pollution, which could be dangerous for many populations.

The governor said an air quality health advisory, issued when the air quality index is expected to reach or exceed 100, will be sent to areas affected by the smoke on the afternoon of Tuesday, June 27.

In addition, the New York State Department of Health recommends taking necessary precautions, including:

  • When the air quality index (AQI) is greater than 100, susceptible New Yorkers should avoid outdoor exercise and monitor for symptoms while outside.
  • All New Yorkers should avoid outdoor exercise when the AQI is greater than 150. Vulnerable groups should avoid going out completely, including pregnant women.

Vulnerable groups include people with cardiovascular disease, lung disease, children under 18, adults over 65, and pregnant women.

When the air quality is unhealthy, it is strongly recommended that people who are active outdoors wear KN95 and N95 masks.

A complete air quality forecast for each region can be found here And it is updated frequently.

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