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Air quality index listed as hazardous for Union County

The current air quality index is listed as hazardous. It is expected to remain at hazardous, very unhealthy, or unhealthy levels for the next 24 hours. Based on current levels, the Department of Environmental Protection recommends all residents to stay indoors and reduce activity levels.

The DEP further recommends residents limit time outdoors and reduce strenuous activity when the air quality index improves to unhealthy smoky conditions from wildfires in Canada are causing hazy skies, reduced visibility and the odor of burning wood are likely, and that the smoke will linger for a few days.

This air quality alert recommendations are for everyone, and specifically pertains to children, older adults, and people with lung diseases, such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and those with people with respiratory issues.

It is best in general during this poor air quality to limit your time outside, keep pets indoors, wear an N-95 if you are outside, use the recirculate air function in your car.

Residents are advised not to call 9-1-1 unless they observe fire or smoke immediately associated with fire.