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National Weather Service

Canadian wildfire smoke affecting Illinois air quality

Canadian wildfire smoke affecting Illinois air quality

Smoke from wildfires in Canada is affecting air quality in northwest and west-central Illinois. The National Weather Service issued a special weather statement Tuesday morning but said conditions should improve later in the afternoon. The weather service, citing the Environmental Protection Agency, said the air quality in affected area has reached unhealthy levels, largely northwest of the Illinois River. Smoke from the wildfires has been drawn into the Midwest over the last several days. Authorities say visibility has also been reduced to a few miles because of haze. The weather service said there have been reports of smoke being smelled because a cold front has drawn air downward....