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Canada wildfires trigger health warnings in New York

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Market Desk (Environment): As an orange haze of wildfire smoke from Canada smothers parts of the eastern US, officials are warning residents in both countries of unhealthy or hazardous air Wednesday.

More than 55 million people in the eastern US are under air quality alerts due to the smoke. The heaviest smoke is forecast to impact the Northeast through the Mid-Atlantic and down to the Carolinas and smoke conditions in those regions could last through at least Thursday.

According to a BBC report, even the gray image of the ‘Statue of Liberty’ in New York, the symbol of the freedom of the US has come to the fore. High-risk air quality warnings have been issued for millions of people across North America because of the ongoing wildfires in Canada.

 Major cities in Ontario and Quebec were covered in smoke from the fires as well as Toronto and its surrounding . Smoke from the wildfires even reached New York City and Connecticut. As a result, the air quality become classified as ‘unhealthy’.

Halifax, Canada is in a state of emergency due to fire

And the most smoke is coming from Quebec, Canada. Canada’s Ministry of Environment has issued a strict warning in Ottawa on Tuesday (June 6). As a result, Canada’s capital has been deemed a ‘very high risk’ to human health.

Around Toronto is also classified as ‘high risk’. Meanwhile, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has already classified most as ‘unhealthy’.

 The warning covers New York City and much of Connecticut. The warning has been issued as far north as Boston, south to Pittsburgh and Washington DC.

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