You may see smoke in the air when you look up at times this week. The National Weather Service in Green Bay had areas of smoke in its peninsula forecast and reported on Tuesday that while the thickest smoke remains over Minnesota and Canada, you can look for hazy skies in the area at times through the rest of the week. On Tuesday, Door County and Kewaunee County were both listed in a minor air quality advisory. As of Tuesday afternoon, the air quality in both counties is labeled as “good,” but Public Information Specialist for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Craig Czarnecki, says that if air quality dips to moderate, it’ll still be acceptable to most people. You may be at risk if you have heart or lung ailments, or asthma.
With wildfires occurring in Canada, Czarnecki says the air quality advisories for the northern half of the state are due to elevated levels of fine particulate matter they produced. Czarnecki adds that as long as the fires continue to burn, they could continue impacting Wisconsin. The current air quality advisory is in effect until noon on Wednesday. The hazy smoke is typically most noticeable at sunrise and sunset. If you suspect you may have been exposed to elevated levels of fine particulate matter, watch for irritation of the eyes, nose and throat as well as coughing or shortness of breath.