(WWLP) – Several fire departments are warning the public that a smoky haze present in parts of western Massachusetts Monday is due to smoke from wildfires in the Western United States and Canada.
The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) issued an air quality action day that means fine particulates concentrations with the region may approach or exceed unhealthy standards. MassDEP is advising that people with heart or lung disease should reduce prolonged or heavy outdoor exertion; take more breaks and do less intense activities. Watch for symptoms such as coughing or shortness of breath.
The 22News live camera network over Springfield shows the smoke along the Connecticut River valley.
The smoke is picked up by the Jet Stream and brought to the Eastern region, including western Massachusetts. Residents may continue to smell or see smoke in the region for some time.
Current forecast of Air Quality states fine particle levels to increase during the afternoon and evening as the smoke plume from western wildfires crosses our region. If you have respiratory issues, you are advised to stay inside and close your windows.
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Levels will elevate into the moderate range later afternoon and early evening.