ALTOONA, Pa. (WTAJ) — The air quality throughout Central Pennsylvania is considered to be unhealthy as smoke from the Canadian wildfires shifts into the area Wednesday.
According to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) code red and code orange have been issued through a large portion of the Commonwealth from midnight to 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, June 28.
Currently, the Air Quality Index (AQI) is over 160. Anything over 100 is considered as “unhealthy.”
Residents that may be “high risk” or have existing lung and/or heart issues, such as asthma and bronchitis, are advised to limit their time outdoors.
Residents and businesses within the areas are strongly encouraged to voluntarily help reduce fine particulate matter air pollution by:
- Avoiding the open burning of leaves, trash, and other materials; and
- Avoiding the use of gas-powered lawn and garden equipment.
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These air quality issues come from the Canadian wildfires and even caused A section of Minnesota to have the country’s worst quality air on Tuesday, according to a story published by the Associated Press.