Canadian Fires Choke Michigan Air Again: 6 Questions Answered

For the second time this month, smoke from the Canadian wildfires is causing an acrid haze over the Great Lakes region, prompting air quality alerts showing southeastern Michigan with levels of smoke-related pollutants that are “very unhealthy ” or “dangerous”.

The Free Press has been looking for answers as to why this is happening, what people can do to protect themselves, and what the future may hold. Spoiler: We’d better get used to it, though it might not always be that bad.

Canada has wildfires every summer. Why is their smoke so intense over our region this summer?

Two reasons: the historic extent of wildfires in Canada and an unusual summer weather pattern for the Great Lakes region.

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