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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The City of Springfield is monitoring a wildfire smoke plume from the Canadian Yukon that is anticipated to enter the Springfield airshed this afternoon. This is an alert for high levels of fine particulates in this smoke plume for the rest of this afternoon and evening in the Springfield area and surrounding communities.
Unhealthy levels of air quality may affect a larger population who may encounter breathing difficulties while outdoors for extended periods of time. Persons with respiratory health conditions may wish to stay indoors to avoid the poor air quality outside.
Rain showers have the effect of cleaning the air of the smoke particles and improving air quality during the rain event. Should the forecasted rain showers begin later tonight, air quality conditions should improve by Wednesday morning.
For more information:• showmecleanair.com• airnow.gov See “Ozone Facts” and current air quality readings.• springfieldmo.gov/airquality, Springfield’s local air quality Web site.• rideshare.org for carpooling information.
To sign up to receive air quality advisories, please visit: airnow.gov and click on EnviroFlash e-Mails.
For more information, please contact Barbara J. Lucks, City of Springfield Sustainability Officer, at 417-864-2005 or firstname.lastname@example.org.