N.D. – The North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality advises
residents, especially those with respiratory conditions, to consider
limiting prolonged outdoor activities while smoky conditions remain
across the state. Wildfires in northwestern Canada are sending smoke
across North Dakota.
small particles of ash and soot, or particulate matter, have been
increasing over the last few hours across northwestern North
Dakota. Particulate matter can irritate the respiratory system,
especially for those who suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary
disease (COPD) or conditions such as asthma and allergies.
Environmental Quality advises people with respiratory conditions, the
elderly and young children to avoid prolonged outdoor exposure.
particulate numbers, coupled with a weather front moving across the
state today will push smoke into the state. People reacting to smoke to
the extent that it affects breathing should seek immediate help from a
Quality closely monitors its air sampling network across the state. At
this time most of the smoke impact seems to be concentrated in the
northwestern part of the state and moving southeast ahead of the
weather front. If conditions in central and eastern North Dakota become
unfavorable, the department will follow up with additional
up-to-date information on the region’s current air quality and
respiratory protection tips during a smoke event, visit fire.airnow.gov. The AirNow mobile
phone app, and many other weather apps, also include air quality