Forest fires rage in Canada and smoke blankets the United States

The Statue of Liberty in New York, USA is shrouded in fog and smoke. Photo/Reuters/Amr Alfiky

NEW YORK – Over a dozen states the united states of america (United States) is under warning air quality Wednesday local time when hundreds of smoke Forest fires Canada spreads towards the south. A dull gray color appeared in the skies of US cities and prompted authorities to urge residents to stay home.

Health officials from Vermont to South Carolina along the U.S. East Coast, as well as in Ohio and Kansas in the Midwest, are urging millions of residents to limit their time spent indoors. outside. They warn that fine particles in the atmosphere can make breathing difficult and pose health risks.

The U.S. National Weather Service has issued an air quality alert from New England to South Carolina.

“Wearing a mask can help limit irritation in people with respiratory illnesses,” the Washington regional office wrote on Twitter.

“(There will be) more smoke Thursday and Friday,” continues the tweet cited by ReutersThursday (8/6/2023).

Schools across the East Coast have canceled outdoor activities, including sports practices, field trips and recess, to protect students from smog.

In Bethesda, Maryland, a high school moved its graduation ceremony indoors, while an elementary school in Brooklyn, New York, postponed its “Spring Fling” dance. A school in Montclair, New Jersey, canceled a fifth-grade student's trip to Six Flags amusement park.

New York City public schools have opened for classes, although outdoor events and activities, including high school graduations, have been canceled, postponed or moved indoors.

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