Multiple U.S. States Impacted By Canadian Wildfire Smoke, Air Quality Alerts Triggered

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Canadian wildfire smoke has reportedly crossed the border into the United States and triggered low air quality alerts in multiple states.

According to reports, hazy skies impacted four U.S. states on Monday.

“In the United States, alerts were in effect in Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota, as winds carried plumes of smoke over the region,” NBC News reports.

The outlet stated there are 146 active wildfires in Canada, with dozens in Alberta and British Columbia.

Per NBC News:

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency issued an air quality alert Sunday in response to a “band of very heavy smoke from wildfires in northeast British Columbia.”

The agency said the northern half of the state has since cleared up, but “smoke will linger over southern Minnesota on Monday as northerly winds become light during the day.”

The air quality index Monday showed conditions across the four states ranging from “moderate” to “unhealthy” for the general public. The index was established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to measure daily air pollution levels and communicate the associated risks.


“The Canadian wildfire season is expected to be near to above the historical average in terms of the number of fires and well above average in terms of the acreage burned. However, the numbers will be much less than those of the record-shattering season of 2023,” AccuWeather noted.

From AccuWeather:

“This spring, the fires have been largely confined to British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and the Northwest Territories but have cumulatively burned more than half a million acres, with a large amount of that occurring over the past week,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Brandon Buckingham said. Lingering cold weather and snow on the ground have limited fire activity in eastern Canada.

Aggressive wildfires have recently forced thousands of people from their homes, including Fort Nelson, British Columbia.

Until this past weekend, smoke from the western Canada fires has been confined to areas north of the United States border.

“Thanks to a change in upper-level winds in the atmosphere, that smoke has begun to make its way into parts of the northern Plains and the Upper Midwest,” AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Matt Benz said.


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