Air Quality Advisory in effect for today for north-central Iowa

MASON CITY — An Air Quality Advisory issued by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources remains in effect for our listening area through 10 o’clock tonight.

Fine particulate levels near or above EPA health standards are expected to persist through the rest of the day today. Elevated levels of fine particulates may be a concern over the next several days as the Canadian wildfire smoke moves through the state.

The DNR recommends that people reduce long or intense activities, and take more breaks during outdoor activities until air quality conditions improve.

The recommendation is especially pertinent to individuals with heart or lung disease, older adults, children and teenagers, and outdoor workers. People in these categories should consider rescheduling or moving outdoor activities indoors.