Intense fires in northern Canada, triggered by lightning, sent a heavy stream of thick smoke into North Jersey this week, turning the sky a Mars-like orange hue and filling people’s nostrils with a bitter, acrid smell.
The smoke caused the region’s bad air index to skyrocket above levels normally experienced by cities that have traditionally endured the worst air quality, including New Delhi, Beijing and Lahore, Pakistan.
The smoke became so thick Wednesday afternoon that it obliterated the striking views of the Empire State Building normally enjoyed by North Jersey residents along the Hudson. Some schools have closed early and coaches have moved sports practices indoors. Officials said air quality may improve a bit on Thursday, but the weather conditions sending the smoke aren’t likely to change until Saturday.
Here in one place you can find all of our coverage of the worst wildfire smoke the region has experienced in two decades and how to deal with it.
New Jersey is experiencing another round Wednesday of one of the worst air pollutions in recent memory as smoke from dozens of large forest fires erupted in Canada, sending heavy smoke straight into the northern US Northeastern New Jersey hit a rare purple alert at 1 PM for very unhealthy air quality with an index reading of 205 in Newark as a plume of smoke shrouded the region.
Check out pictures from our reporters and visual reporters from around North Jersey showing the smoke impact of the fire.
The smoke that has inundated the region and sent New Jersey air quality plummeting for the past 36 hours isn’t expected to go away anytime soon. A low pressure system that causes southerly winds to push smoke from Quebec wildfires as far north as the Garden State and much of the Northeast is not expected to budge until Saturday.
A cloud of smoke descended on the tri-state area Wednesday afternoon, due to the Great Fire in Quebec. Nearly all of New Jersey is on red alert, with parts of New Jersey already reporting an AQI above 170 on Wednesday morning, which is considered unhealthy.
Some New Jersey school districts are canceling after-school and outdoor activities, while others are closing early in response to unhealthy air conditions caused by smoke from the Quebec fire.
Inside Yankee Stadium, a thick, misty fog — hazier and more intense than Tuesday night — hung over the playing surface Wednesday afternoon. But at 2:30 pm, the New York Yankees’ scheduled 7:05 pm game against the Chicago White Sox had to be played.
Air quality has some Northeasterners asking, for the first time, what is the AQI, or Air Quality Index?
Medical professionals are urging residents to take precautions to protect their health as New Jersey experiences the worst air pollution in recent memory, following dozens of wildfires in Canada that sent heavy smoke to the region.
According to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protectionon Twittermembers of the general public may suffer health effects, but people with heart and lung disease and the elderly and young may be at particular risk.
For local high school baseball teams preparing to play in this weekend’s NJSIAA Finals, the orange skies over North Jersey caused by the Canadian wildfires were a signal to proceed with caution. We are moving training indoors, said Don Bosco coach Mike Rooney.
Air quality in the New York City metropolitan region, including parts of North Jersey, was under a rare red alert Tuesday night as smoke flooded the area from the latest set of wildfires that burned hundreds of miles north in Canada. The region’s air quality index was at 180 on Tuesday at 7pm, meaning it was unhealthy for the general public due to a high concentration of tiny burnt particles in the air.
Yankee fans watched the game against the White Sox as a thick haze from the Canadian wildfires hung over the Bronx on Tuesday, June 6, 2023.
Although North Jersey residents are facing several days with unhealthy air due to smoke flowing from Canadian wildfires, Christopher Franek deals with such conditions on a regular basis. Franek, an assistant firefighter with the New Jersey Forest Fire Service Division, said New Jersey firefighters deal with intense smoke all the time.
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