Canada Wildfires: New Jersey Covered in a Thick Haze

by Peter Candia
Canada Wildfires

The skies across the Northeast have been filled with an ominous and dangerous haze, resulting from the ongoing wildfires in Canada. The fire is the largest in Canadian history and tacks on to over 8 million acres that have burned during this year’s Canadian wildfire season. This has led to the issuance of crucial air quality alerts in at least 13 states, highlighting the seriousness of the situation.

By midday Wednesday, the smoke emanating from the wildfires began to impact flights in the New York area. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) responded by suspending certain flights into La Guardia Airport, while delays started to accumulate at Newark Liberty International Airport as well.


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In a statement, the FAA wrote: “The FAA has taken steps to manage the flow of traffic into the New York City area due to reduced visibility from wildfire smoke.”

Early on in the North American fire season, the fires emitted an unprecedented volume of carbon into the atmosphere. This occurrence highlights the influence of climate change, which is projected to result in hotter and drier conditions, thereby amplifying the scale and intensity of such fires. This is yet another example of this year’s chaotic wildfire season and, perhaps, the plainest example yet.

The wildfires may take weeks or even longer to be effectively contained. However, the weather system responsible for carrying the smoke into the northern United States might undergo alterations in the coming days. Consequently, extensive regions are likely to remain enveloped in smoke until such changes occur.

The skies outside are a luminous orange, and the air smells of campfire and smoke. The air pollution resulting from wildfire smoke predominantly consists of fine particulate matter known as PM2.5. This smoke has the potential to irritate the eyes, nose, and throat, posing significant risks for many. For asthmatic individuals, individuals with heart disease, young children, and the elderly, it is important to limit your outdoor exposure as air quality alerts have been issued throughout New Jersey.

It is advisable to keep windows closed and reduce the use of window air conditioning units. In enclosed spaces, the use of air purifiers can effectively decrease pollution levels. When venturing outdoors, wearing a high-quality mask can assist in filtering out smoke particles.


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Additionally, the New York Department of Environmental Conservation advises people to refrain from unnecessary driving and reduce energy consumption whenever feasible. These measures aim to limit the additional air pollution caused by car exhaust and power generation.

On June 6, for a brief time, New York City was ranked as having the worst air pollution in the world. As the week continues on, air quality is expected to improve. Until then, limited exposure is your best bet.

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Peter Candia is the Food + Drink Editor at New Jersey Digest. A graduate of The Culinary Institute of America, Peter found a passion for writing midway through school and never looked back. He is a former line cook, server and bartender at top-rated restaurants in the tri-state area. In addition to food, Peter enjoys politics, music, sports and anything New Jersey.

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Chelsea stevens July 19, 2023 - 6:48 am

Candia needs to stop giving us wildfires it’s hard to see through the haze it effects appointments outing it sticks and it’s annoying

Chelsea stevens July 19, 2023 - 6:49 am

I’m getting tried of the hazes


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