The United States vows to increase support in Canada amid the Wildfire spread, which is affecting the air quality in large areas of North America. Thousands of citizens in Canada have already evacuated after the ferocious wildfire spread to millions of acres, and the rising smoke is polluting the air. Millions of people in North America are under air quality advisories, affecting air travel. Smoke has filled thousands of kilometers of sky from the point of the blaze, creating catastrophic conditions. Air quality alerts were extended on Thursday by the National Weather Service in the United States for the East Coast from New England to South Carolina and also for parts of the Midwest, including Ohio, Indiana, and Michigan.
Health officials in more than a dozen US states have warned citizens from spending time outdoors and said it could cause respiratory issues due to hazardous particles in the air, and air quality is badly affected. Canada is going through the toughest conditions ever due to its wildfire because, since May, blazes have been reported in almost all provinces of the country. More than 400 wildfires are still burning in the country, but Quebec is going through the worst as only in this province approximately 150 fires are still burning, and as reported, around 13500 citizens were forced to leave their homes till Thursday morning.
Quebec Premier Francois Legault said the situations were stable, and no deaths or serious injuries were reported. He added that it could take longer before evacuees could return to their homes. Legault told reporters in Quebec City that there were no serious injuries and no loss of life, but the fire was still intense, and there was a significant need to be continuously careful.
Air Quality Becomes Alarming, with 178 Points
The ferocious fire is getting more alarming. However, one more catastrophic aspect is that the air quality is continuously getting poor, and skies in major Canadian and US areas, including New York City, are covered with orange-tinged shade. Due to smoke, skies faded in these areas earlier this week. Once again, New York City’s climate was declared the most polluted of any other major city in the World, and readings of the Air Quality Index reached 178. AQI examines five major pollutants, including particles produced by fire, and a reading above 100 is declared unhealthy while exceeding 300 is classified as hazardous.
The local firefighting resources are drained out due to a massive increase in wildfires. Firefighters from around the globe are now trying to reach Quebec to help put out more than 150 forest fires currently burning in the province. Around 110 firefighters were scheduled to arrive in Quebec on Thursday, and the nearby province of New Brunswick has also contributed.
Aviation officials have halted the arrival of flights in major cities’ airports like New York and Philadelphia from northwest and mid-Atlantic regions, as wella s Ohio, for the second day on Thursday. All the flights in Newark and New Jersey were bound and canceled. The Pride Month event in Washington, DC, hosted by the White House, was postponed due to smoke caused by nearby fires. Additionally, the Washington Nationals baseball team delayed their scheduled afternoon game, joining the growing list of sporting events impacted by the fires.