NYC sees hazy skies, worst air quality in years due to West Coast wildfires

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By , 1010 WINS

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — Wildfire smoke traveling east from the West Coast created hazy conditions and prompted an air quality alert in New York City on Tuesday.

Particles from the western wildfires combining with humidity across the city produced the haze, which is expected to linger for several days, according to AccuWeather.

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An air quality alert is in effect for the five boroughs through Tuesday night, and the EPA’s air quality tracker had deemed conditions in New York City “unhealthy” as of 4 p.m. Tuesday.

New York City has not experienced such poor air quality since 2014, NBC New York reported, citing data from Chinese nonprofit AQICN.org.

"People with respiratory concerns such as asthma should reduce heavy exertion outdoors," the five boroughs' Emergency Management department warned.

As of Tuesday, at least 60 wildfires were burning across 12 western states. The blazes were “injecting smoke 40,000 feet into the atmosphere and compromising air quality” in states including Oregon, Washington and Idaho, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said.

The Bootleg Fire burning in southern Oregon, for one, has burned more than 200,000 acres since it broke out on July 6, according to NOAA.

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