Iowa DNR: Canadian Wildfire Causes Haze Across Iowa

Iowa-DNR

Windsor Heights, Iowa – Fine particulate (PM2.5) levels near federal health standards are expected in northern and central Iowa today. A plume of smoke originating from Canadian wildfires is passing southward through the state. This smoke plume caused a spike in fine particle levels in northern Iowa this morning that may last for several more hours.

The Iowa DNR recommends individuals in northern and central Iowa with respiratory or heart disease, the elderly and children limit prolonged outdoor exertion until the smoke plume passes and air quality conditions improve. Iowans can keep track of evolving air quality conditions by clicking here.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) 24-hour health threshold for PM2.5 is 35 micrograms per cubic meter (µg/m3).

As of 11 am, one-hour concentrations were above 36 µg/ m3 in much of northern and central Iowa. Hourly levels in Des Moines, Emmetsburg, Iowa City, Muscatine, and Cedar Rapids were 206, 152, 98, 80, and 62 µg/ m3 respectively. Averages so far today for these sites are 16, 107, 30, 24, and 29 µg/ m3 respectively. Levels are expected to drop later this afternoon or early this evening.

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Chris was born and raised in Webster City, IA. As a young kid, he would always be caught singing along to songs on the radio. He says he’s good at karaoke but we think otherwise. ;) In his free time, he enjoys beginning new projects at home and hardly ever finishing them. Chris lives in Charles City with his wife Vicki and a daughter Brynlee.