Published on June 06, 2023
Over 160 Wildfires currently burning in Quebec, Canada, are sending smoke and other products of combustion south, leading to air quality warnings for Central New York and the City of Syracuse.
According to airnow.gov, the City of Syracuse's air quality today is 391 (as of 12:00 p.m. on June 7), which rates the air quality as hazardous. This means it is unhealthy for sensitive groups, including those with chronic health issues and pre-existing conditions, to be outside. Those in affected groups, as well as the elderly and young children, are encouraged to avoid strenuous outdoor activities and stay indoors. New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has issued an air quality warning effective until midnight tonight. For more information about the advisory, visit https://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/34985.html or call the Air Quality Hotline at 800-535-1345.
Syracuse Parks and Recreation will be cancelling all outdoor activities. For information about Parks programming or cancellations visit syracuse.recdesk.com
In Case of Emergencies
If you or someone you know is experiencing a health emergency or breathing problems related to the air quality, you may call 9-1-1. If you are concerned about the smell of smoke and are considering calling 9-1-1 due to a possible fire, please gather as much information as possible before calling. This will help mitigate deploying the fire department for a potential false alarms. It is important that members of public safety be available for fire calls.
A note on DEC Air Quality Index: The Department of Environmental Conservation and the Department of Health issue Air Quality Health Advisories when DEC meteorologists predict levels of pollution, either ozone or fine particulate matter are expected to exceed an Air Quality Index (AQI) value of 100. The AQI was created as an easy way to correlate levels of different pollutants to one scale, with a higher AQI value indicating a greater health concern. To learn more, visit dec.ny.gov
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(Last Updated: 6.7.2023 12:52 p.m.)
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