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Smoke from Canada wildfires affecting air in Wisconsin

Posted: 6:05 PM, Jul 08, 2019
Updated: 2019-07-09 11:18:23-04

ASHWAUBENON — Several wildfires are burning right now in Canada. It's bringing a smoky haze to skies in northeast Wisconsin.

The smoke has created pretty sunsets and sunrises the last couple of days, but it also poses some health risks for some.

The DNR monitors air quality and they've determined that most of the state is dealing with moderate to good quality air Monday night. But they, like medical professionals, emphasize that the heavy smoke in the air can be troubling for the elderly, children or people with respiratory issues.

"Stay indoors because most of us have air conditioning and we have filters. And many of those heavy particles they don't come in high concentration into the indoor spaces," said Dr. Raul Mendoza at Aurora BayCare Medical Center.

The DNR says across the State Sauk Dodge and Dane Counties are experiencing the worst air quality in the state. There, the clouds of smoke we’re currently experiencing are unhealthy for people with sensitive respiratory systems.