July 30, 2021
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources 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.
The Department of Agriculture and Natural Rescources maintains air quality data on its website for locations in eastern South Dakota including Aberdeen, Watertown, Brookings, Sioux Falls, Union County and Pierre.