Smoke from Canadian wildfires forecast to return
Lauren Stanforth reports in the Times Union that the state Department of Environmental Conservation is warning that smoke from Canadian wildfires will again invade the Hudson Valley on June 28. A wind shift following a passing cold front is bringing the smoke. Air quality advisories have been issued for western and central New York on June 28, but not in the Hudson Valley, where the air quality is not expected to be as bad. Gov. Kathy Hochul said in a statement, “I encourage everyone to remain vigilant, especially if you are vulnerable to air pollution, stay up to date on the latest information and take steps to protect yourself.” The Democrat & Chronicle reported that, "By Thursday, downstate regions, including the Hudson Valley, the New York City metropolitan region and Long Island, are projected to see unhealthy air levels." Reuters reports that the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre says this is the worst wildfire season on record in Canada, with 29,000 square miles burning across eastern and western Canada. Air quality levels this week locally aren't expected to be as bad as early June, when there were several days of heavy smoke in the air here. Read more about this story in the Times Union.