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Air quality alert issued for Tri-State residents due to western wildfires

Smoke from wildfires in California and the Pacific Northwest has prompted Indiana to issue a...
Smoke from wildfires in California and the Pacific Northwest has prompted Indiana to issue a statewide air quality alert.
Published: Jul. 22, 2021 at 3:13 PM EDT
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s environmental agency issued a statewide air quality alert this week urging Hoosiers to slow down and take other steps as smoke wafts across the state from wildfires burning in the western U.S. and Canada.

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management said Wednesday it issued the air quality alert for Wednesday and Thursday because of microscopic smoke particles from the wildfires.

That smoke has blanketed much of the continent. IDEM is encouraging Hoosiers to reduce how much time they spend outside doing various activities, to avoid exercising near busy roadways and to take other steps such avoiding burning wood or making other unnecessary fires.

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