Canada wildfires cause air quality Issues

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.--- The entire state of Indiana is under an Air Quality Action Day because of smoke from the Canadian wildfires.

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) says there have been high particulate readings in several different cities, including South Bend, Fort Wayne, and Indianapolis.

In the Michiana area the Air Quality Index (AQI) is slightly over 100, which means the air quality may be unhealthy for certain sensitive groups, but still fine for most people. AQI measurements run from 0 to 500.

The wildfires in Canada have caused some serious problems in the northeast United States and in the eastern part of Michigan, especially Detroit. In fact, Detroit had the worst air quality in the country on Wednesday, June 7.

Again, most people in Michiana will not have any trouble with the air quality, but those who may be sensitive are encouraged to wear a mask or stay inside.

ABC57 meteorologist Dave Caulfield will have more on the air quality tonight, beginning at 5 on ABC57.

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