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More than 400 Canadian wildfires are worsening air conditions throughout much of the Northeast and mid-Atlantic United States — covering entire cities in a dense yellow haze and producing a hazardous environment for millions of Americans.
These conditions are expected to last for the next few days, and a cold front could move the natural phenomenon ever further south as the week goes on, per CNN. On social media, dozens of individuals posted photos and videos showing the bizarre scenes that have lasted from Tuesday evening into Wednesday afternoon.
“Eerie scene at George Washington Bridge in NYC,” the popular Twitter account Citizen Free Press tweeted along with a video.
Eerie scene at George Washington Bridge in NYC.pic.twitter.com/xUx92fTdZs
— Citizen Free Press (@CitizenFreePres) June 7, 2023
“Canada’s act of war hits Newark, New Jersey #CanadianWildfires,” joked conservative Ron Coleman.
— Ron Coleman (@RonColeman) June 7, 2023
“New Jersey is literally orange,” one user said, showing an area in New Jersey in an orange light. “There’s no filter on this. Stay safe.”
New Jersey is literally orange.
There’s no filter on this.
Stay safe. pic.twitter.com/uD4CIbWboV
— Yaakov Langer (@jacklanger) June 7, 2023
Another video showed that New York City skyscrapers — typically visible for miles — were reduced to dark silhouettes in the distance.
Wildfire Smoke in NYC:
– Smoke from wildfires in Canada causes significant smoke in NYC and Northeast
– National weather service issues a ‘Air Quality Alert’, urges people to limit outdoor activity
– Ground stops issued at LaGuardia and Newark Airports
— Fast News Network (@fastnewsnet) June 7, 2023
Further south, the nation’s capital was also impacted by the Canadian fires.
“Here are some views of the smoky sky from the top of the Washington Monument this morning,” The U.S. National Park Service tweeted.
Here are some views of the smoky sky from the top of the Washington Monument this morning.#WashingtonDC
Pics by Jake Sawyer, National Park Service. pic.twitter.com/de5TlztneP
— National Mall NPS (@NationalMallNPS) June 7, 2023
Dr. Darrien Sutton, a medical doctor and ABC News contributor, advised Americans, particularly those in at-risk groups, to stay indoors. Sutton said Wednesday that the conditions in many areas are “not just unhealthy, they’re downright dangerous.” Sutton added that the air in places like the Big Apple posed risks “not just to those who have chronic lung disease or those who are elderly, but also to everyone.”
"I would advise that you stay inside. Specifically, we should not be working out outside." @DoctorDarienMD joins us as dangerous smoke from Canadian wildfires stretch into the U.S., impacting air quality in many states. pic.twitter.com/dBk8LoNMBQ
— ABC News Live (@ABCNewsLive) June 7, 2023