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The following information has been provided by the Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection.
Smoke from the Canadian wildfires continues to be present here in Connecticut. Air quality conditions are currently deemed “unhealthy” with AQI values of 150-170PM2.5.
We are monitoring an area of very dense smoke positioned throughout Upstate New York and northern Pennsylvania. This area of dense smoke is modeled to move into Connecticut over the next few hours with higher smoke density expected than what was observed yesterday.
AQI values will likely stay between 150-200PM2.5 however within the highest concentrations of smoke the AQI level could possibly increase to “very unhealthy” with an AQI value over 200PM2.5
The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) has issued an Air Quality Action Day for fine particulates from through midnight tonight. An Air Quality Action Day means that fine particulate concentrations within the region may approach or exceed unhealthy standards.
The highest concentrations of smoke is expected to stay in Connecticut through the evening and into the early morning hours of Thursday. Lower concentrations of smoke will linger through much of Thursday.
Residents can check the air quality at AirNow.gov. Please check with event organizers for status of any scheduled outdoor activities for this afternoon or evening before going out.