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Unhealthy level air quality alert today and tonight

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A plume of smoke hangs over a forest fire  30 kilometres east of Lake Laberge on Sunday night, May 25. Presently, there are 49 fires burning throughout the Yukon. Burning permits are now suspended.

A plume of smoke hangs over a forest fire 30 kilometres east of Lake Laberge on Sunday night, May 25. Presently, there are 49 fires burning throughout the Yukon. Burning permits are now suspended.

The City of Springfield is monitoring a wildfire smoke plume from the Canadian Yukon that is anticipated to enter the Springfield airshed Tuesday afternoon (July 7).

This is an alert for high levels of fine particulates in this smoke plume for the rest of this afternoon and evening in the Springfield area and surrounding communities.

Unhealthy levels of air quality may affect a larger population who may encounter breathing difficulties while outdoors for extended periods of time. Persons with respiratory health conditions may wish to stay indoors to avoid the poor air quality outside.

Rain showers have the effect of cleaning the air of the smoke particles and improving air quality during the rain event. Should the forecasted rain showers begin later tonight, air quality conditions should improve by Wednesday morning.

For more information:
• showmecleanair.com
• airnow.gov See “Ozone Facts” and current air quality readings.
• springfieldmo.gov/airquality, Springfield’s local air quality Web site.
• rideshare.org for carpooling information.

To sign up to receive air quality advisories, please visit: airnow.gov and click on EnviroFlash e-Mails.

George Freeman is a veteran journalist and photographer. An award-winning writer, editor and columnist in Springfield, Mo., with more than 50 years experience. His preference is for positive and uplifting stories about people, places, traditions and trends that make the Ozarks one of the most livable regions anywhere. A member of the Garden Writers Association of America, he is a past-president of the Society of Professional Journalists of Southwest Missouri, the Kansas and Ohio AP societies; a board member of Friends of the Garden and a member of the Rotary Club of Springfield. In 1976, he traveled to India as a member of a Rotary Foundation Group Study Exchange Team.

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