The impact of Canadian Wildfires. Huge Air Quality Issues, especially moving north from Central Illinois.
Air Quality Alert Message
Relayed by National Weather Service St Louis MO
1247 PM CDT Tue Jun 27 2023
Greene IL-Macoupin IL-Montgomery IL-Bond IL-Fayette IL-Clinton IL- Marion IL-Washington IL-Randolph IL-Adams IL-Brown IL-Pike IL- Calhoun IL-Jersey IL- Including the cities of Litchfield, Vandalia, Centralia, Salem, Chester, Sparta, Quincy, Mount Sterling, and Pittsfield 1247 PM CDT Tue Jun 27 2023
...AIR QUALITY ALERT IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 PM CDT WEDNESDAY...
The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency in Springfield Illinois is forecasting unhealthy conditions for sensitive groups (USG) for ozone and fine particulates until 10 PM CDT Wednesday.
Smoke from wildfires in Canada is moving into the region, pushing air quality into the unhealthy or worse categories. Air Quality Index (AQI) forecasts and levels can normally be found at AirNow.gov, but the unique widespread nature of this episode prompted this extra NWS alert.
An Air Quality Action Day means that smoke concentrations within the region will approach or exceed unhealthy standards. Active children and adults, especially people with pulmonary or respiratory disease such as asthma, should limit prolonged outdoor activity. Air quality forecasts and tips on how you can reduce your emissions can be found at www.airnow.gov.