Air Quality Alert In Place For Iowa & Illinois

Graphic shows NWS coverage area of Iowa and Illinois shaded in gray, to indicate air quality alert

Photo: National Weather Service

(Undated) -- Smoke from ongoing Canadian wildfires has prompted another Air Quality Alert for the region. The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency has issued an Air Quality Action Day until midnight Wednesday night.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has issued an Air Quality Advisory for Iowa. The DNR states the worst air quality is expected in the eastern third of the state, where fine particulates will be at unhealthy concentrations. The conditions are expected to persist through Wednesday. Elevated levels of fine particulates may be a concern over the next several days as the smoke move thru the state.

The DNR recommends people reduce long or intense activities and take more breaks during outdoor activities until air quality improves. The DNR says the recommendation is especially pertinent to those with heart or lung disease, older adults, children, teens, and outdoor workers. The DNR says people in these categories should consider rescheduling or moving outdoor activities indoors.

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