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W.Va. Air Quality Alert Extended

Smoke in the sky
Smoky Charleston sky on June 29, 2023
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The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection has issued a statewide air quality advisory for fine particulate matter until midnight Tuesday.

An air quality advisory was also issued Monday as smoke from wildfires in Canada moved into the region.

Air Quality Index scores, particularly in the Northern Panhandle, may be in the 101-150 range, which can cause health effects in sensitive groups including children, people suffering from asthma, heart or lung disease, and the elderly. 

Per the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, citizens in areas with poor air quality are encouraged to limit their time outdoors and avoid strenuous activities. 

N-95 masks can help reduce smoke inhalation and potential health risks. 

Citizens are encouraged to check the AirNow website to see real time air quality data in their area and surrounding states. Please make sure you are viewing the interactive map for your area using the “contours” setting.