Boston Herald

CRAZY, IT IS HAZY

Nova Scotia wildfire plume overspread­s the region

- By Rick Sobey rick.sobey@bostonhera­ld.com

Have you been smelling smoke outside but don’t see a fire?

Nova Scotia wildfire smoke made its way to Massachuse­tts on Tuesday, as those with a sensitive nose were able to smell the smoke as it pushed through the region. The smoke plume from Canada also impacted visibility in spots across southern New England.

An “Air Quality Alert” was issued by the Massachuse­tts Department of Environmen­tal Protection with the wildfire smoke overspread­ing the Bay State.

“Fine particle levels will elevate at times into the Moderate and Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups range as wildfire smoke influences our region,” the advisory stated. “An Air Quality Alert for elevated fine particle levels has been posted for areas of Mass through midnight tonight.”

After the worst of the smoke moved through the state on Tuesday, less concentrat­ed and less potent smoke is expected to stick around on Wednesday.

“It should still haze up the skies, but it won’t be as thick,” said Kristie Smith, a meteorolog­ist at the National Weather Service’s Boston office.

“We’ll still be stuck with some smoke until we can get winds from the west to scour the smoke out,” Smith added.

Satellite imagery showed the plume of smoke moving into eastern Massachuse­tts midday Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service.

“Nova Scotia smoke has made its way to the surface, we can actually smell it here at the office!” tweeted the National Weather Service’s Boston office, which is based in Norton.

Wildfires in Canada’s Atlantic coast province of

Nova Scotia have caused thousands to evacuate.

The Halifax Regional Municipali­ty said late Monday that about 200 homes or structures have been damaged, based on initial visual inspection­s by first responders.

An estimated 14,000 people were told to flee their homes, most of which are about a 30-minute drive northwest of downtown Halifax.

Fire officials said the outof-control fire, which started Sunday in nearby Upper Tantallon, has destroyed or damaged dozens of homes, though there hadn’t been any reports of deaths or injuries.

Herald wire services were used in this report.

 ?? KELLY CLARK — THE CANADIAN PRESS VIA AP ?? Thick plumes of heavy smoke fill the Halifax sky as an out-of-control fire in a suburban community quickly spread, engulfing multiple homes and forcing the evacuation of local residents, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, on Sunday.
KELLY CLARK — THE CANADIAN PRESS VIA AP Thick plumes of heavy smoke fill the Halifax sky as an out-of-control fire in a suburban community quickly spread, engulfing multiple homes and forcing the evacuation of local residents, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, on Sunday.

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