Air Quality Alert, Red Flag Warning & Wind Warning !

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Buffalo, N.Y. (WBEN) -  An Air Quality Alert has been issued by the State Department of Environmental Conservation from 11am-11pm Wednesday for all of Western New York.

Air quality levels are predicted to be greater than the air quality index value of 100 for ozone. 

When pollution levels are elevated, the New York State Department of Health recommends that individuals consider limiting strenous outdoor activity to reduce the risk of adverse health effects.  People who may be especially sensitive to the effects of elevated levels of pollutants include the very young and those with pre existing respiratory problems such as asthma or heart disease. 

A Red Flag Warning has also been issued by the National Weather Service until 8pm Wednesday by the National Weather Service.

* AFFECTED AREA...Niagara, Orleans, Monroe, Wayne, Erie, Genesee,Wyoming, Livingston, Ontario, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, and Allegany counties.

* TIMING...From late this morning through early this evening.

* WINDS...Southwest 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 50 mph.

* RELATIVE HUMIDITY...As low as 24 percent.

* IMPACTS...The potential exists for rapid development and spread of wild fires...or for prescribed burns to get out of control. Outdoor burning is not recommended.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A Red Flag Warning means that dangerous fire weather conditions are expected due to the combination of gusty winds...low relative humidities...and dry fuels. Any fires that develop may quickly get out of control and become difficult to contain.

A New York State Burn Ban prohibits outdoor open burning between March 16th and May 14th.

Also a Wind Advisory has been issued until 8pm.

 

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