CT’s DEEP issues Air Quality Alert for Thursday

wildfires impact on CT - WFSB
wildfires impact on CT - WFSB
Published: May. 31, 2023 at 12:17 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 1, 2023 at 7:36 AM EDT
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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) - Large areas throughout the northeastern part of the country were being impacted by poor air quality from wildfires in Nova Scotia, Canada.

The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection issued an Air Quality Action Day for Hartford, Fairfield, northern New Haven, and northern Middlesex counties from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Thursday.

An Air Quality Action day means that Ground Level Ozone concentrations within the region may approach or exceed unhealthy standards.

The American Lung Association put out its own air quality alert, which is different from the one that the National Weather Service typically issues on hot days during the summer.

“This week, areas throughout the northeast, including parts of Connecticut, are being impacted by poor air quality,” the association said. “Large uncontrolled wildfires in Nova Scotia have produced a significant smoke plume that is moving toward our area, likely to cause elevated unhealthy fine particles readings registering on the air quality index.”

The association said the air quality was predicted to be unhealthy for sensitive groups, including children, older adults, and people with lung diseases like asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

It urged those groups of people to stay indoors if they live close to fire-stricken areas, protect the air in their homes by using the recirculating air function on air conditioners, and keep an eye out for symptoms such as difficulty breathing.