Wildfire smoke continues to create unhealthy air quality


Brandon Loe

That’s not fog rolling across Bowling Green’s campus, it’s smoke from Canadian wildfires. This was the view Wednesday looking west from the hill east of Doyt L. Perry Stadium.

Smoke from Canadian wildfires continues to create unsafe air quality in Bowling Green and across Ohio.

At 8 a.m, AirNow.gov showed Bowling Green’s air quality reading as 197; anything 150 or above is considered unhealthy. The reading yesterday at the same time was 176. However, other parts of the area have higher readings today; anything higher than 200 is considered very unhealthy:

  • Holland: 257
  • Lima: 205
  • Waterville: 275
  • Whitehouse: 208

The Detroit News reported that, by one measure, Detroit had the world’s worst air quality Wednesday, with Chicago a close second, followed by Chengdu, China, Delhi, India, and Toronto Canada. Multiple news outlets also report that more than one-third of the country’s population remain under air quality alerts.

According to CDC guidelines, those with asthma and/or, heart disease as well as children and those pregnant people should limit outdoor activity and stay inside. Breathing in wildfire smoke can cause trouble breathing, coughing or wheezing, irritation in the eyes, a scratchy throat, runny nose, headaches, tiredness or chest pain.

You can check local air quality here

You can also check a map of the wildfire smoke’s impact here