July 21, 2024

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DC Air Quality: Wildfire smoke from Canada in the DMV

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It’s wise for everyone to limit time outdoors, avoid outdoor exercise, and move outdoor activities indoors.

WASHINGTON — A smoky haze has settled in over metro Washington and other parts of the region due to more than 100 wildfires in eastern Canada. An area of low pressure just off the east coast is steering winds in our direction from the wildfire region.

The DMV and much of the Northeast has seen air quality plummet as smoke is blown in from the Canadian province of Quebec.

As of 9 a.m. this morning the air quality index in Washington D.C. was in the unhealthy category due to the smoke. Wednesday and Thursday are both Code Red Air Quality index days.

People with heart and lung diseases should avoid all outdoor activities. Additionally, it’s wise for everyone to limit time outdoors, avoid outdoor exercise, and move outdoor activities indoors.

Share with WUSA9: Text your pictures of the smoky skies to 202-895-5599.

This smoke is impacting air quality across the Northeast United States and Mid-Atlantic. It will remain noticeable and impactful through Thursday here in metro Washington.

Smoke from wildfires can cause poor air quality and create visibility issues and problems in places thousands of miles away. That’s because smoke contains “tiny particles called aerosols — some of which can degrade air quality,” according to NASA.

Code Orange and Red Air Quality Alerts have been issued for our region today and Thursday both.

While sensitive groups are most at risk, with the smoke levels expected anyone can feel the effects so take it easy for outdoor plans especially if you have a respiratory ailment or heart issues.

Air quality issues have caused some counties in the DMV to alter plans. DC Public Schools, Montgomery County Public Schools and Charles County Public Schools canceled all outdoor activities Wednesday.

Fairfax County Public Schools said graduation ceremonies will continue as planned, but masks will be available for anyone who needs them. 

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2023-06-07 15:39:56

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