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The Department of Health is issuing air quality advisories for Lincoln due to the Canadian wildfires

The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department issued an air quality advisory Monday due to smoke from wildfires in western Canada.

The department said smoke from the fires can cause air quality to reach levels that are unhealthy for children, older adults and people with asthma, lung disease and other respiratory or heart conditions.

“Smoke from these fires affected areas of Minnesota, Iowa and the Dakotas for much of the day Monday, and wind conditions will carry that smoke south and east into the Lancaster County area,” said Gary Bergstrom, aerial photographer the Ministry of Health. quality program supervisor, said in a news release.

As of Monday afternoon, air quality in Lincoln was still in the good category, but Bergstrom said the greatest potential for smoke impacts locally would be Monday evening through Tuesday morning.

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Smoke inhalation can trigger asthma attacks, worsen chronic bronchitis and emphysema and cause chest pain in some people with heart disease, Bergstrom said.

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