Wildfires burning in Canada and the western United States are creating an expanding smoke plume that shrouded much of Wyoming in a haze Monday (August 2).

In response, the National Weather Service has issued an Air Quality Alert in effect through Tuesday afternoon. The cities of Cheyenne and Casper are included in the alert.

According to the National Weather Service, "The Wyoming Department of Health recommends the elderly, young children, and individuals with respiratory problems avoid excessive physical exertion and minimize outdoor activities"

The Health Department adds that everyone should avoid spending too much time breathing the smoky air. exposure to poor air quality conditions.

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Converse County Lower Elevations-Niobrara County-North Laramie Range-
Central Laramie Range and Southwest Platte County-East Platte County-
Goshen County-South Laramie Range Foothills-Central Laramie County-
East Laramie County-
Including the cities of Douglas, Glenrock, Bill, Deer Creek, Lusk,
Redbird, Garrett, Esterbrook, Bordeaux, Wheatland, Guernsey,
Torrington, Whitaker, Federal, Horse Creek, Cheyenne,
and Pine Bluffs
1141 AM MDT Mon Aug 2 2021

...AIR QUALITY ALERT IN EFFECT UNTIL 1 PM MDT TUESDAY...

The following message is transmitted on behalf of the Wyoming
Department of Environmental Quality, Air Quality Division and the
Wyoming Department of Health.

WHAT...Air Quality Alert for Wildfire Smoke.

WHERE...Much of Southeast Wyoming from Douglas to Cheyenne.

WHEN...Until 1 PM Tuesday.

IMPACTS...Heavy smoke from Montana and Pacific Northwest wildfires.

HEALTH INFORMATION...The Wyoming Department of Health recommends the
elderly, young children, and individuals with respiratory problems
avoid excessive physical exertion and minimize outdoor activities
during this time. Wildfire smoke is made up of a variety of pollutants,
including particulate matter and ozone, which can cause respiratory
health effect. Although these people are most susceptible to health
impacts, the Department of Health also advises that everyone should
avoid prolonged exposure to poor air quality conditions.

CURRENT CONDITIONS...The Wyoming Department of Environmental
Quality, Air Quality Division offers near real-time air quality data
for Wyoming`s monitoring stations and health effects information to
help the public interpret current conditions. Current air quality
conditions across the state of Wyoming can be found at
http://www.wyvisnet.com/

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