The smokey haze over Warren County as seen looking down Liberty Street on June 7, 2023. Photo by Andy Close.

Air Quality Alert Issued for Thursday, June 8

June 8, 2023

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection issued a Code ORANGE air quality alert for Pennsylvania on Thursday, June 8, 2023.

The alert remains in effect for Warren and McKean Counties until 10 p.m., and in Forest County until midnight.

“A Code ORANGE Air Quality Alert means that air pollution concentrations within the region may become unhealthy for sensitive groups,” the National Weather Service said. “Sensitive groups include children, people suffering from asthma, heart disease or other lung diseases, and the elderly. The effects of air pollution can be minimized by avoiding strenuous activity or exercise outdoors.”

Thursday marks the second straight day an air quality alert was issued. A Code RED alert went out across the commonwealth on Wednesday. The alerts stem from smoke drifting into the region from the more than 145 wildfires burning across Quebec Province in Canada.

A smokey haze and “campfire” smell permeated the air across Warren County on Wednesday.

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