The smoke impacting various parts of the US is caused by wildfires raging in Canada.
If you're just getting caught up today, here's what you need to know about the blazes:
- More than 9 million acres have been charred by wildfires in Canada so far this year — about double the size of New Jersey. For Canada as a whole, this is about 15 times the normal burned area for this point in the year.
- More than 2,300 fires have ignited across Canada this year.
- In Quebec alone, nearly 1 million acres have been burned this year, and more than 430 wildfires have ignited across Quebec so far in 2023 — twice the average for this time of year.
- There are more than 150 active wildfires burning in Quebec this week, according to the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Center – more than double the number of fires burning in any other Canadian province.