Smoke from Canadian fires is pouring into the US and could linger for days

Anybody else monitoring the situation.

I have a friend in Blair NE that had outside air in the 160AQI range for multiple days: coming from western Canada fires. With his portable air purifier his inside air never went above 2 ug m3. He was prepared.

In contrast, I have been monitoring the relevant posts on Reddit (Air Quality & Air Purifiers forum). There seems to be a significant number of Canadian’s who have neither PM2.5 monitors in their homes nor air purifiers.

With El Nino forming, the scientists think we will have 5 years of record heat. This normally means more fires.

I have been trying to encourage friends and family members to at minimum purchase an air sensor so they understand the potential risk from the air in their homes. Although they are generally well educated, I see a general difference in their response correlating with their political party. It seems like COVID déjà vu. Unlike Covid, they won’t have any near term understanding that lives are being needlessly lost.

I live in Alberta,Canada; just north of Red Deer (Aspen Springs Rustic Barn). Wildfire smoke enveloped the entire province last week. Readings on my sensor were extremely high (180 - 400+) May 16-18 and May 20-22. Rain on the 22nd gave us a break - winds are now keeping the sky clear. Grateful for international firefighters assisting in NW area of the province where it is still extremely hazardous.

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