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Code Red Air Quality Alert issued for Erie, Crawford

By Anna AshcraftTOM DIVECCHIO,


(WJET/WFXP/ ) — A Code Red Air Quality Alert has been issued for Erie and Crawford counties.

The National Weather Service reports the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has issued a Cod Red Air Quality Action Day for fine particulates until midnight Wednesday for Erie and Crawford counties.

Canadian wildfire smoke causing hazy skies, poor air quality in the US

As of Wednesday afternoon, the entire state of Pennsylvania is now under a Code Red Air Quality Alert. Multiple other states in the Great Lakes, New York State and Northeast regions are also being affected by the smoke. Nexstar station WSYR-TV reported New York City ranked among the worst air quality in the world Tuesday, according to IQAir .

The main source of this week’s smoke is from newer wildfires in the province of Quebec, just north of New York.
Global Systems Laboratory | Projected forecast into Thursday, June 8

The current Air Quality Index (AQI) in Erie as of 2 p.m. has dropped to 68 as the smoke has thinned, but is expected to go up as the thicker smoke over Ontario moves in later Wednesday afternoon and evening.

The AQI is expected to go back between 100-150 by then, which is again in the unhealthy range for people with lung and/or cardiac conditions.

On Tuesday in Erie, the AQI fluctuated around 100 the entire day.

At this time, the DEP is urging all Pennsylvania residents to limit time outdoors, especially elderly, small children and those with respiratory problems.

Unhealthy AQI taking a little pause, but air quality expected to get unhealthy again later this afternoon into tonight

The wildfire smoke is expected to be an issue for the Northeast through Friday as the winds in the atmosphere will still be coming from Quebec, the source of the smoke. However, the thickness of the smoke will vary at times due to various conditions.

If possible, circulate the air in your house with air conditioning or the furnace fan. Use caution when exercising or working outside. Watch for excessive coughing or shortness of breath and take a break if you experience those conditions.

At the same time, Erie and nearly the entire state of Pennsylvania are listed in the moderate range for the threat of wildfires. In NWPA, lack of rainfall and dry brush is causing conditions favorable for wildfires. Use extreme caution when burning outside for any reason.

As of Wednesday afternoon, the City of Erie has a burn ban in effect until further notice due to unusually dry weather conditions.

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