NEW YORK: New York and parts of the eastern United States and Canada were shrouded in a gray smoky haze. (pix) Tuesday due to wildfires in the western US and Canada.
The New York State Environmental Protection Agency has issued an air quality alert that automatically triggers when fines are expected to exceed 35 micrograms per cubic meter of air.
An agency expert said smoke from wildfires in the west of the country often reaches the New York area, but usually remains high enough not to affect air quality. According to the expert, this time the smoke was less than usual.
The phenomenon was supposed to disappear on Wednesday with the appearance of a cold front in the New York area, said a spokesman for the US National Weather Service.
There have been several major fires in the western US in recent days, especially in California, Nevada and Oregon, where the dangerous Bootleg Fire is still raging, even though the fire season has just begun.
In Canada, more than 2,000 people have been evacuated in recent days in Ontario, the country’s most populous province, and more than 200 fires have been raging in the province and neighboring Manitoba, according to official figures on Tuesday.-AFP