New England Continues to Experience Poor Air Quality due to Smoke from Canadian Wildfires
BOSTON (July 18, 2023) – New England state air quality forecasters are predicting elevated concentrations of fine particle air pollution due to wildfires in Quebec and Northern Ontario. The primary concern is high concentrations of fine particle air pollution that is unhealthy, especially for sensitive groups such as people with respiratory disease, the elderly, or people with compromised health.
Areas that are forecasted to exceed the Federal air quality standard for 24-hour particle pollution level concentrations are:
Connecticut (Northwest corner), Maine (Southwest Coast, Western Interior, Western Mountain, and Northern areas), Massachusetts (Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden, Hampshire, and Worcester counties), New Hampshire, and Vermont
EPA encourages people to check their Air Quality Index (AQI) throughout the day to be aware of their local air quality at (https://www3.epa.gov/region1/airquality/aqi.html). Hazy skies, reduced visibility, and the odor of burning wood is likely as the smoke…