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July 7, 2015

MADISON - Smoke drifting from wildfires in northern Canada has created air quality issues in many parts of the country, including Wisconsin.

The Department of Natural Resources has issued an air quality notice for all 72 Wisconsin counties. State air quality monitors are recording elevated concentrations of fine particles at several locations around the state, particularly across northern and western Wisconsin.

Some sites are recording values in the "unhealthy for sensitive groups" category, which includes children, elderly people, individuals with respiratory and cardiac problems and people engaged in strenuous activities for prolonged periods of time.

Officials noted that, while smoke from wildfires often stays higher in the atmosphere, a cold front that passed through Wisconsin Monday night into Tuesday morning pulled the wildfire smoke closer to ground level.

Last week the department also sent firefighters to northern Canada to help battle the wildfires.

For additional information, you can view air quality data anytime on the DNR's web site, or visit the DNR's website and search for "air quality."

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Gail Good, Air Program, 608-266-1058; Bill Cosh, communications, 608-267-2773

Last Revised: Tuesday, July 07, 2015

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