A health advisory on air quality has been issued across New York State for Monday
An air quality advisory was issued for much of New York state on Monday due to ongoing wildfires in Canada.
State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos and state Department of Health Commissioner Dr. James McDonald issued a health advisory report on air quality for Long Island, New York City, Lower Hudson Valley, Upper Hudson Valley, Adirondacks, Eastern Lake Ontario, Central New York and Western New York areas for Monday. Officials said the fine particulate matter warning will be in effect until 11:59 p.m. Monday, while the ozone warning is in effect until 11 p.m.
Officials said the air quality was likely unhealthy for sensitive groups. Even if it’s not as visible as it has been in previous weeks, state officials are asking those groups to be careful when going out.
Air quality health advisories are issued when DEC meteorologists predict pollution levels, ozone or fine particulate matter are expected to exceed an air quality index value of 100, DEC and DOH said.
Unhealthy air from Canada’s wildfires is expected to hit parts of New York state again on Monday, mostly in the northern and western parts of the state, Gov. Kathy Hochul said Sunday. She said that the air quality index is expected to range between 100 and 150 in those areas, while the standard is 0 to 50. Her statements came during a press conference about heavy rains and floods.
“As if the rain falling from the sky isn’t enough, if you start looking up tomorrow, you’ll see a situation similar to what we saw two weeks ago due to deteriorating air quality caused by wildfires in Canada,” she said. “We will likely issue an air quality alert in parts of From our state. It looks like it’s expected to be mostly around western New York and the North Country at this time. But as we have seen, it can shift very quickly and begin to develop in more populated areas.
Hochul announced Saturday that the state welcomed back the last group of Department of Conservation forest rangers who helped Canada fight the fires. New York will continue to rotate support.
“New Yorkers are well aware of the serious impact that the Canadian wildfires are having on daily lives,” Hochul said in a statement. “We are fortunate to have brave individuals willing to step forward to help those in need, and I thank our brave firefighters whose efforts are critical in containing these wildfires,” he added.
Residents can sign up to receive air quality alerts through DEC Delivers.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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