The images are impressive.
The Statue of Liberty in New York?
We only see the silhouette through a thick fog of black smoke!
The CN Tower, an iconic monument in Toronto, Canada?
Same thing !
Funny spectacle, this Tuesday, in several regions of the eastern United States, including New York, and Canada.
Several cities were covered in a gray haze that tasted like smoke, caused by fires in the western United States and Canada.
The environmental protection services of the State of New York have issued an air quality alert for the whole day, systematic when fine particle concentration levels above 35 are expected. micrograms per cubic meter.
According to a specialist in these services, it is not uncommon for smoke from fires from the west to reach the New York area, but they usually remain high enough in the atmosphere not to affect the quality of the air. air.
The smoke is lower than usual this time around, he said.
In Toronto, the capital of Canada, the city is obscured by thick clouds of smoke.
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This phenomenon was to disappear on Wednesday, however, with the expected arrival of a cold front in the New York region, according to a spokesperson for the US national weather service, the National Weather Service.
"Bootleg fire": the blaze has already consumed the equivalent of 130,000 football fields in the Western United States
Several large fires have ravaged the western United States in recent days - notably in California, Nevada and Oregon, where the dangerous Bootleg Fire is raging - even as the fire season has only just begun.
In Canada, more than 2,000 people have been evacuated in recent days in the country's most populous province of Ontario, and more than 200 fires were active in this province and neighboring Manitoba, according to figures from authorities Tuesday.