Air quality health advisory issued for northern Vermont

July 26, 2021 GMT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources issued an air quality health advisory for much of the state on Monday as smoke from wildfires in the west and Canada reaches the region.

Air pollution concentrations were in the unhealthy range for sensitive groups in northern Vermont, according to the National Weather Service.

The groups most at risk are people with respiratory or heart disease, the elderly and children. Exposure to elevated levels of fine particles can increase the likelihood of respiratory symptoms in sensitive individuals, and aggravate heart or lung disease in persons with cardiopulmonary disease and the elderly, the weather service said.

The advisory was issued for Addison, Caledonia, Chittenden, Essex, Franklin, Grand Isle, Lamoille, Orange, Orleans and Washington counties until 11 p.m.