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Local air quality affected by Canadian wildfires

It was a little bit hazy outside Friday in central Nebraska and the air quality was in the...
It was a little bit hazy outside Friday in central Nebraska and the air quality was in the moderate range from the fires in Canada.(Hailey Mach, KSNB)
Published: Jul. 30, 2021 at 8:01 PM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - It was a little bit hazy outside Friday in central Nebraska and the air quality was in the moderate range from the wildfires in Canada. Nearby areas of Nebraska, like Omaha, were considered to be in the unhealthy range for the Air Quality Index.

Ron Pughes, Adams County Emergency manager, said the condition could affect certain people more than others.

“It’s going to affect those people who already have lung issues or breathing issues, or asthma or something, more than anybody else right now,” Pughes said. “The elderly, the younger, something like that, that’s when it’s going to affect people the most. They may experience some itchy, burning eyes, some runny noses, some scratchy throats.”

Pughes recommended avoiding the outdoors for extended periods of time and remaining inside as much as possible until air conditions return to normal. He said the wind and temperatures could have affected how far the smoke and harmful particles from the wildfires traveled.

“If you start feeling some of those initial symptoms, it’s really good just to go inside,” said Pughes. “If you’re driving your vehicle and you’re feeling those symptoms, put your air on recirculate, so you’re not bringing in the fresh air into your car. Close your windows and just stay indoors.”

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