State declares air quality alert for Sunday due to Canadian smoke

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management is declaring a statewide Air Quality Action Day for Sunday due to the heavy particulates and smoke in the air from Canadian wildfires.

IDEM says the particulate counts are expected to be exceptionally high throughout the state.

The particulate danger comes from microscopic dust, soot, and liquid that settles deep into the lungs and cannot be easily exhaled. Sensitive groups should reduce or avoid exertion and heavy work outdoors during these conditions.

IDEM is encouraging everyone to help reduce the levels by not burning wood in fireplaces, or wood-fired burners and avoiding any unnecessary fires. You should reduce your time outdoors to reduce unhealthy exposures and avoid exercising near busy roads.