Smoke from Canada's wildfires prompts air quality alerts across U.S.
Smoke from Canada's wildfires has drifted across the border and prompted air quality alerts across multiple U.S. states over the weekend.
- Some Canadian oil production has been curtailed due to the weeks-long fires in Alberta, where 83 wildfires were burning as of Sunday evening.
State of play: Nearly all of Montana was affected by the smoke Sunday and hazy conditions were expected to continue through Monday. The National Weather Service's Glasgow, Montana, office recommended people with respiratory illnesses remain indoors and urged drivers to take precautions.
- Colorado's Department of Public Health and Environment noted that while air quality conditions had improved across much of the east of the state on Sunday, "another plume of wildfire smoke is approaching" from the north.
- Utah's Department of Environmental Quality warned air quality would remain "unhealthy for sensitive groups" through Monday.
Meanwhile, smoky conditions remained in parts of North Dakota Sunday and the NWS' office in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, forecast "plenty of high-altitude smoke" would linger across the region through Tuesday.
The bottom line: Smoke will continue to impact the northern tier of the U.S. as Canada deals with a wildfire crisis that is setting it up for a long and damaging season.