IDEM declares Air Quality Action Days for the next 48 hours

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV)– For the next 24-48 hours, Indiana’s Department of Environmental Management is asking the community to stay indoors to prevent unhealthy exposure to the air.

It’s due to the smoke coming from the wildfires in the western part of the United States and southern Canada.

WTWO’s Chief Meteorologist Jesse Walker said it could also cause some health problems.

“It’s not a major issue but if you have some respiratory issues like asthma or some breathing problems, it could be a little bit of an issue,” Walker explained.

People should also avoid burning wood, using gas powered equipment, leaving your engine running and reduce the amount of electricity used inside your homes.

Walker said this type of haze is actually very common.

“It happened last year. It’s not all uncommon for us to see smoke the fires in the west, make it thousands of miles to the east. In this case it was more dense and was really crowding the sunlight today and people were noticing it a lot more,” he concluded.

As the upcoming weather patterns change, the smog is expected to lessen over the weekend.

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