CENTRAL NEW YORK (WSYR-TV) — Several schools around Central New York announced on Tuesday, June 6, that there will be limited outdoor activities due to the poor air quality, and that continues on Wednesday.
Canadian wildfire smoke from wildfires in the province of Quebec — only about 400-500 miles north of Syracuse — has moved down into Northern and Central New York, causing the worst air quality CNY has seen in a while.
Many school districts including the Central New York Area have cancelled all outdoor activities and practices for sports after the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) sent out an air quality health advisory issues for CNY in effect for Thursday, June 8.
The DEC has listed Central New York in the “dark red” category, meaning everyone should stay indoors as much as possible as it’s a “health warning of emergency conditions: everyone is more likely to be affected.”
The Air Quality Index, or AQI, jumped to back to over 200 to even into the 400s Wednesday, which is at a hazardous level for everyone regardless of overall health conditions. The AQI is forecast to remain in the very unhealthy to hazardous zone for into Wednesday night.
NewsChannel 9 took some photos in various locations around Syracuse, portraying the effects of Canadian wildfires in Central New York.