Southwest Virginia air quality has been affected by smoke from Canada's wildfires

Cheryl E Preston
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Canada's wildfire smoke continues moving East

Smoke from the Canadian wildfires is causing hazardous conditions across the East Coast of the US and Southwest Virginia has been under a Code Orange air quality alert since Thursday afternoon. This means it’s unhealthy for sensitive individuals like older adults, children, or anyone with asthma, or heart or lung conditions to be outside. When one of my cousins in Baltimore posted on Facebook a few days ago that the sky was filled with smoke from the wildfires in Canada I had no idea the smoke would continue to travel and eventually affect this area but here we are.

”Code Green is the best air quality, Code Yellow signifies moderate concern, while Code Orange means that the AQI is between 101 and 150, and while members of sensitive groups can experience health effects, the general public is less likely to be affected.Code Red refers to the tier between 151 and 200, and it means the air is unhealthy for some members of the public. But everyone in these areas should reduce exposure to pollution, especially those at increased health risk, such as people with asthma.

According to News 10 the experts say to avoid outside air as much as you can. Phil Hysell the warning coordination meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Blacksburg, says precautions should be taken until the skies clear up which should be over the next few days. He advises avoiding any outdoor physical activity because it increases your respiration and you are breathing more. Hysell says in this situation you would be breathing in more smoke particles so please everyone heed the warning and stay safe until the danger passes.

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