DETROIT — Wildfires in Canada have emitted smoke into the United States, harming the air quality in many states, including Michigan.
According to the IQAir Air Quality Index, Detroit ranked second for worst air quality in the world on Wednesday morning. The Air Quality Index identifies air quality in different parts of the world and ranked Detroit number two after Delhi, India. Several hours later at noon, Detroit dropped to number 10.
On Thursday, June 8, a little before 3:30 p.m., Detroit was ranked at number 11 for worst air quality in the world.
As the smoke from the wildfires continues to spread throughout the states, it has been reported that the smoke could be smelled from the ground because of its thickness.
It was also reported that The National Weather Service released a statement regarding the reducing air quality on Tuesday, June 6. The statement advised seniors, children, individuals with asthma, heart and lung disease as well as people with weaker immune systems to control and limit outdoor activities.
The National Weather Service also stated that exposure to air pollutants can elicit headaches, breathing difficulties, chest pain, coughing and fatigue.
CBS Detroit reported an air quality warning issued throughout various counties in Michigan. The warning, starting at 10:05 a.m., follows through to Friday at midnight. Counties affected include Wayne, Oakland, Washtenaw, Macomb, Livingston, St. Clair, Lapeer, Sanilac, Lenawee and Monroe.