Wildfire smoke prompts air quality alert in South Dakota
State officials are issuing an air quality alert for South Dakota as another round of smoke from wildfires moves into the region.
The warning is in effect through Thursday, according to the state Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources.
The Department of Health said the smoke may cause low visibility and could also be a health issue. The elderly, young children, and people with respiratory problems are most at risk.
Officials are advising people to avoid excessive physical activity outdoors when it’s apparent there’s increased smoke in the air. They're also encouraging people to keep indoor air clean by closing windows and doors.
Air quality can be tracked in real time at the DANR's website.
Wildfire smoke returns later today into Wednesday. This may cause reductions in visibility and lead to poor air quality. Limit time outdoors if you're sensitive to wildfire smoke or in a sensitive group. For air quality information, visit https://t.co/MdYKCWhyMv. pic.twitter.com/UHvwjpjXDF— NWS Sioux Falls (@NWSSiouxFalls) August 29, 2023