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Experts warn that the smoky haze could linger across the northeast and beyond for days

This dangerous thick fog It disrupts the daily lives of millions of people across the United States and Canada, erasing horizons and turning skies orange, You must continue Until Thursday and possibly the weekend, experts say.

Weather systems aren’t expected to budge, so smoke billows from the blanket Wildfires in Quebec and Nova Scotia That send plumes of fine particles as far away as North Carolina are expected to continue to present challenges.

That means at least another day, or more, of the dystopian detour that has chased players from ballparks, actors from Broadway stages, delayed thousands of flights and sparked the resurgence of mask and teleworking — all while raising concerns about the health effects of prolonged exposure. For such bad air.

The weather system pushing out the Great Canadian-American Smog – a low-pressure system over Maine and Nova Scotia – “is likely to be hanging on for at least the next few days,” said US meteorologist Brian Ramsey.

“It is likely that unhealthy conditions will remain, at least until the wind changes direction or the fires are extinguished,” Ramsey said. “Since the fires are raging—they’re really big—they could probably go on for weeks. But it’s just a matter of shifting winds.”

And notes Eric Fisher, chief meteorologist for CBS Boston That’s, ‘really early. In Canada, they’ve already burned more acres than they normally would during an entire season through November, wildfire season usually starts in July, which suggests we’re probably going to see more smoke…and we’re not just dealing With Canada’s smoke, we’re getting it in the western United States, too.”

Breathing air is where the quality is worst,” said Dr. Nidhi Kumar, a cardiovascular specialist and CBS New York contributor.It is probably much worse than smoking a cigarette. … What we are dealing with now are high levels of pollutants, toxins and carbon monoxide, and there is a high concentration of it in the atmosphere at the moment, and this not only causes heart problems for patients, [but also] Lung problems and general infections in the body.

“These particles are really very small, less than 2.5 micrometers. What that means is that when we take a breath, these particles travel directly into our lungs, deep into the lungs, our bloodstream, and what that translates to is irritation and inflammation,” Kumar explained.

Across the eastern United States, officials warned residents to stay indoors and limit or avoid outdoor activities again Thursday, and extended “Code Red” air quality alerts in some places for a third straight day as forecasts showed winds continuing to push the air. Smoky south.

CBS Baltimore said early Thursday that “air quality these days will be much worse than it was yesterday as the bulk of the smoke from wildfires in eastern Canada is being pushed into the mid-Atlantic. The images we’ve seen could be from New York City.” Yesterday is our easy view today.”

Haze and smoke from wildfires in Canada hang over the skyline of Manhattan, in New York City
People watch the sunset as haze and smoke from wildfires in Canada hang over the Manhattan skyline in New York City on June 7, 2023.

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says the station Several Maryland school districts canceled after-school activities for Thursday.

In Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser ordered schools to cancel Thursday’s outdoor recess, sports, and field trips. in the suburbs PhiladelphiaOfficials created an emergency shelter so that people living outside could shelter from the fog.

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul said the state was making 1 million N95 masks — the type prevalent at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic — available at state facilities, including 400,000 in New York City. It also urged residents to stay put.

“You don’t need to go out for a walk. You don’t need to push the baby in the stroller,” Hochul said Wednesday night. “This is not a safe time to do that.”

New York City Mayor Eric Adams said, “This is an unprecedented event in our city, and New Yorkers must take precautions.” He distributed masks to some of the city’s residents.

The letter may arrive. Officials said Wednesday that the city has seen an uptick in 911 calls related to respiratory problems and heart attacks.

New York is experiencing the worst air quality due to the Canadian wildfires
Many New Yorkers wore face masks on June 7, 2023 due to poor air quality due to smoke from the Canadian wildfires.

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More than 400 fires burning across Canada have displaced 20,000 people. The United States has sent more than 600 firefighters and equipment to Canada. Other countries help too.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke to President Biden by phone on Wednesday. Trudeau’s office said it thanked Mr. Biden for his support and that both leaders “recognized the need to work together to address the devastating effects of climate change.”

Canadian officials say this is shaping up to be the country’s worst wildfire season on record. It started early on drier than normal terrain and accelerated quickly. Smoke from the fires has been billowing in the United States since last month but has intensified with recent blazes in Quebec, where about 100 were deemed out of control on Wednesday.

“I can taste the air,” Dr. Ken Strompf said in a Facebook post from Syracuse, New York, where the sky has taken the name of the local university: Orange.

The smoke was so thick in Canada’s capital, Ottawa, that the office towers across the Ottawa River were barely visible. In Toronto, Yili Ma said her hiking group canceled a trip planned for this week, and was ditching restaurant patios that are a beloved summer tradition in a country known for harsh winters.

Wildfires from Canada blanket Washington, D.C. in smoke
A commercial airliner flies over the sun that has been turned dark orange by smoke from wildfires in Canada, as seen in Washington, D.C. on June 7, 2023.

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“I put my mask away for over a year, and now I’m wearing my mask (again),” Ma lamented.

Eastern Quebec had some rain on Wednesday, but Canadian environmental meteorologist Simon Legault said he does not expect heavy rain for several days in remote areas of central Quebec where wildfires are most intense.

In the United States, federal officials temporarily halted some Wednesday-bound flights to New York’s LaGuardia Airport and slowed planes to Newark and Philadelphia because smoke was limiting visibility.

Major League Baseball’s New York Yankees and Major League Baseball’s Philadelphia Phillies postponed games.

And on Broadway, “Hamilton” and “Camelot” canceled performances Wednesday, and “Prima Fassi” star Jodie Comer departed after 10 minutes due to labored breathing. The show’s publicists said the show had resumed with a replacement.

He wouldn’t have been in the outdoor theater in Central Park either. Shakespeare in the Park has canceled Thursday and Friday performances of “Hamlet.”

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