DANR issues air quality alert in South Dakota due to wildfires

August 29, 2023

PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources issued an air quality alert for areas across South Dakota where smoke from wildfires is forecast to settle this week.

The smoke may cause low visibility and increased fine particulate matter pollution. The South Dakota Department of Health advises that these levels may be a concern to public health.

The alert is in effect through Thursday, or until conditions improve.

Elderly citizens, young children, and individuals with respiratory problems are the most susceptible to the smoke.