By Alex Nuti-de Biasi, Journal-Opinion
Canadian wildfire smoke has returned to the region. As a result, poor air quality conditions will continue for most of New England, including all of New Hampshire and Vermont, through at least midnight tonight.
Per the EPA, elevated fine particle air pollution can be unhealthy for people with respiratory disease, the elderly, and others with compromised health.
“Exposure to elevated fine particle pollution levels can affect both your lungs and heart which may cause breathing problems and aggravate asthma and other pre-existing lung diseases. When particulate matter levels are elevated, people should refrain from strenuous outdoor activity, especially sensitive populations such as children and adults with respiratory problems.”
Officials in New Hampshire and Vermont say this latest round of smoke comes from wildfires in western Canada. Last month, smoke from fires in northern Quebec and Nova Scotia infiltrated the region.
“In addition to the health effects, these smoke plumes also diffract light causing a hazy appearance in the sky and reduced visibility of distant objects,” stated the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services in a news release.