ROUND 2? Smoke From Canada Could Return To Lakewood Area On Thursday

New Jersey officials are already putting air quality alerts in place in the northern part of the state as smoke from Canada’s wildfires appear to be heading back to our region. The National Weather Service has announced that Bergen, Passaic, Essex, Hudson, and Union counties will be under an Air Quality Alert starting from midnight Wednesday night, lasting until midnight Thursday.

The smoke is expected to most severely impact New Jersey tomorrow, Thursday, though it isn’t yet clear how far south large amounts of smoke will reach.

Neighboring states are also preparing for the potential impact, with New York Gov. Kathy Hochul issuing an air quality advisory for the New York City area on Wednesday.

According to the National Weather Service, “Levels of fine particulates will remain elevated in the unhealthy for sensitive groups category statewide on Thursday due to residual Canadian wildfire smoke.”

AirNow.gov reported “good” air quality across New Jersey on Wednesday morning, the northeast urban and central areas of New Jersey are listed as having “moderate” air quality with an Air Quality Index (AQI) around 55. An AQI over 50 signifies risky air quality that can pose hazards for individuals sensitive to air pollution.

On the bright side, some experts believe that New Jersey may not experience severe impacts at all. Pray for the best.

According to AccuWeather, wildfires in Canada have ravaged over 19 million acres of land since the beginning of the year, with approximately 6.3 million acres affected in Quebec alone.

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