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Wildfire smoke blankets eastern U.S. (video) — RT World News


Smoke from fires still raging in Canada has triggered ‘code red’ air quality alerts in several states

Smoke from more than 400 wildfires in the Canadian provinces of Nova Scotia, Quebec and Ontario has blanketed the northeastern United States for days, triggering “Code Red” Cities including New York, Washington, D.C. and Baltimore issued air quality alerts on Wednesday.

As of Wednesday, nearly 100 million Americans were living under air quality alerts. At least 13 states are affected. The local government advised residents to stay indoors, use air purifiers and wear N95 masks when going out.

Photos and videos posted on social media showed a reddish-brown haze hanging in the air, turning the sun into an angry red spot, while users complained of the smell of burning.

Cities as far south as Myrtle Beach, South Carolina — more than 1,000 miles from Quebec, where the worst wildfires were concentrated on Wednesday — were shrouded in haze. New York City had some of the worst air quality in the world on Tuesday night due to smog.

In Quebec alone, more than 10,000 Canadians have had to leave their homes because of the fires, which have engulfed more than 2,000 square kilometers of the province, according to Premier François Legault.

Canada’s Public Safety Minister Bill Blair described the fire as “This is the worst situation we’ve ever seen in Canada,” Warning this is likely to continue.

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