Smoke Causing Air Quality Alert

Smoke Causing Air Quality Alert

There is some serious smoke in the air across the Yankton area.

The South Dakota Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources has issued an air quality alert for areas of eastern South Dakota where smoke from wildfires in Canada has settled. The smoke is causing low visibility and increased fine particulate matter pollution to levels that may be a concern to public health.

The current air pollution levels exceed the National Ambient Air Quality Standard.

Elderly citizens, young children, and individuals with respiratory problems are the most susceptible. Individuals concerned about potential health impacts should consider avoiding excessive physical exertion, minimize outdoor activities during periods of low visibility caused by wildfire smoke, and keep indoor air clean by closing windows and doors.

Air pollution can aggravate heart and cardiovascular disease as well as lung diseases like asthma and COPD. When the air quality is unhealthy, people with these conditions may experience symptoms like chest pain, shortness of breath, wheezing, coughing, or fatigue. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, use your inhalers as directed and contact your health care provider.