A series of devastating fires are affecting more than 100 million people in the United States and Canada.
And it is that the air has become acrid, the sky takes on a yellowish gray tone and warnings have been issued for the most vulnerable populations to stay indoors and avoid outdoor activities, La Voz de America reported.
The effects of these fires, which have spread from the western provinces to Quebec, have been felt as far away as New York City and New England.
The horizon is hazy and people feel a burning sensation in their throats. US officials have issued an air quality alert as hazy conditions and smoke from wildfires were reported in the Great Lakes region from Cleveland to Buffalo.
New York City is shrouded in a smoky haze for most of the day, but conditions intensified by evening, obscuring views of New Jersey across the Hudson River and giving the setting sun a reddish tinge.
While smoke from these fires has been spreading over northeastern US states for several weeks, it has only recently been noticeable in most places.
New York Governor Cathy Hochul called Tuesday’s cloudy skies “hard to miss,” while New York City Mayor Eric Adams urged residents to limit outdoor activities as much as possible.
As a reason for this situation, smoke from the Canadian wildfires has been drifting into the United States since last month. The most recent fire near Quebec has been burning for several days. The US Environmental Protection Agency forecast cloudy skies, reduced visibility and the smell of burning wood.