CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Smoke from wildfires in the Nova Scotia region of Canada continues to impact the air quality in Massachusetts and other northeastern states.

As a result, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) has issued an Open Burning Advisory across the state effective through 11 p.m. Thursday. MassDEP has informed local fire departments that open burning permits are not to be issued as air pollution levels are predicted to be elevated and could cause and contribute to a condition of air pollution and further elevate ozone concentrations.

It’s going to be hot Thursday, the first of a few potential days above 90 degrees so stay hydrated and try to cool your house down before the daily high around 3 p.m.

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Additionally, the agency has issued an Air Quality Alert beginning from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m. for Essex, Suffolk, and Eastern Norfolk counties. Air in these areas is expected to be unhealthy for sensitive groups which include people with heart or lung disease, such as asthma, older adults, children, teenagers, and people who are active outdoors.

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Duncan MacLean is a reporter who has been a part of the 22News team since 2019. Follow Duncan on X @DMacLeanWWLP and view his bio to see more of his work.