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Air Quality Alert Issued For Today – Smoke Expected Through Tuesday

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Another Air Quality Alert has been issued for a majority of the state by the state Department of Environmental Conservation and Department of Health. The advisory is until 11:59pm tonight, July 17th.


“New Yorkers should once again prepare for smoke from the wildfires in Western Canada to impact our state’s air quality this week,” Governor Hochul said in a press release.

The DEC predicts for the Central New York Region to have what is considered “unhealthy” levels with an Air Quality Index (AQI) of 160. For air quality to be considered good, the AQI must be between 0 and 50.

With the current level, the air quality is considered unhealthy for a majority of residents and the DEC and Department of Health recommends you limit your outdoor activities, choose less strenuous activities, and to keep doors and windows shut.

“With unhealthy air quality affecting most of the state, DEC encourages all New Yorkers to make informed decisions and follow guidance that can prevent health issues related to poor air quality due to smoke and elevated ozone levels. DEC experts and our partners across the state will continue to closely monitor forecasts for air quality and keep the public informed.” Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos said.

An up-to-date map is provided through the DEC’s website of current air quality conditions. This map may be found HERE.

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