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Air Concern Shifts from Ozone to Smoke


IDEM issued a statewide Air Quality Alert for Thursday due to smoke from Canada's wildfires

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management issued another statewide Air Quality Action Day on Thursday. WNIN’s John Gibson has more:

This time the problem is not ozone but smoke from wildfires in eastern Canada.

IDEM recorded high particulate readings in South Bend, Fort Wayne, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, and Muncie Wednesday.

Officials say winds from the north and northeast will continue to spread particulate matter through Indiana.

IDEM encourages everyone to help reduce harmful particulates by not starting any unnecessary fires.

You’re also urged to reduce outdoor activities, avoid using gasoline-powered lawn equipment or gas-powered recreational vehicles, and conserve energy at home and the workplace.

Experts say particulates settle deep into the lungs and cannot be easily exhaled.

People with lung or heart conditions are especially at risk.

You can learn more about pollution and sign up for air quality alerts at SmogWatch.IN.gov.