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Wildfire smoke contributes to air quality exceedances in May

Wildfire smoke contributes to air quality exceedances in May

  • 6/1/2023 4:11:00 PM
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Des Moines, IA – The Air Quality Bureau has recorded 33 exceedances of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) over the last 14 days. Smoke from wildfires in Northern Canada contributed to 32 ozone exceedances and one fine particulate matter (PM2.5) exceedance between May 18th and May 31st. Iowa has averaged less than four ozone exceedances per year over the last five years. These exceedances are the first of the NAAQS measured in Iowa this year.
Wildfire smoke caused air quality exceedances

Wildfire smoke caused air quality exceedances

  • 9/2/2021 2:38:00 PM
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DES MOINES - Several Iowa monitoring sites recorded exceedances of the National Ambient Air Quality Standard for fine particulate matter last month, including two measurements that were more than twice the national standard.
Avoid areas of heavy smoke near fireworks activities and displays

Avoid areas of heavy smoke near fireworks activities and displays

  • 6/29/2017 1:51:00 PM
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WINDSOR HEIGHTS – Whether attending a spectacular Fourth of July celebration or a picnic with backyard fireworks, the aftermath of drifting smoke can cause breathing problems for some. If the air is stagnant, fine particles can be trapped near the ground and build to unhealthy levels. 
Avoid areas of heavy smoke near fireworks activities and displays

Avoid areas of heavy smoke near fireworks activities and displays

  • 6/22/2017 12:02:00 PM
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WINDSOR HEIGHTS – Whether attending a spectacular Fourth of July celebration or a picnic with backyard fireworks, the aftermath of drifting smoke can cause breathing problems for some. If the air is stagnant, fine particles can be trapped near the ground and build to unhealthy levels. 
A Day’s Worth of Dynamite Dutch Oven Dining

A Day’s Worth of Dynamite Dutch Oven Dining

  • 6/27/2016 11:01:00 AM
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Enjoy a day’s menu of good food and camaraderie of the campfire ring with these meal-time suggestions. While the recipes may seem extensive, it’s mostly toss in the ingredients, heat and eat.
Smoke from Canadian Wildfires Causes Haze Across Northern and Central Iowa

Smoke from Canadian Wildfires Causes Haze Across Northern and Central Iowa

  • 5/7/2016 3:54:00 PM
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WINDSOR HEIGHTS – Fine particulate (PM2.5) levels near federal health standards are expected in northern and central Iowa today.  A plume of smoke originating from Canadian wildfires is passing southward through the state. This smoke plume caused a spike in fine particle levels in northern Iowa this morning that may last for several more hours.