Reports: Canadian Wildfires Surge, United States Air Quality Affected
UNITED STATES - Across the Canadian border, wildfires are blazing in Quebec and Ottawa. These conditions are presenting complications for our Northern neighbors, as air quality concerns in various Canadian provinces arise. A similar concern has also cropped up for several states in the United States.
According to a report from NBC News, roughly 98 million people across 18 states, from New Hampshire to South Carolina, are currently under air quality alerts for wildfire smoke and ozone.
For New York City, the smoke has triggered air pollution warnings as the air quality index went above 400—well into the hazardous range. Flights have been grounded to limit air traffic, and citizens are urged to stay inside.
CBS News noted that there were likely be improvement to the air quality throughout New England as a trough passes the region. Some showers may also wash away some of the aerosols.
The Michigan Asparagus Board assured our audience that operations are running smoothly.
“Our growers still have product available for consumers to buy in stores. They are aware of Canadian wildfires, but they are not affecting the asparagus growing region in Michigan,” the company said in a comment to ANUK.
We reached out to several other companies in the Northeast but have yet to hear back.
Hopefully no crops are affected by this smoke, although the smoke may cause potential issues with regards to labor. If the poor air quality continues, companies might see their operations delayed to ensure farmworker safety.
We hope that companies across Canada and the United States remain safe during this time.
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