Wildfire smoke from Canada has plunged as far south as Florida

Wildfire smoke from Canada has plunged as far south as Florida


John Bacon
 USA TODAYplayShow CaptionHide Caption#videoDetailsToggle{color:var( –color-dove-gray,rgba(0,0,0,.6));cursor:pointer;display:inline-block;font-family:var(–sans-serif,sans-serif);font-size:var(–type-7);font-weight:var( –font-weight-bold,900);line-height:var(–spacer-twentyfour,24px);margin-bottom:-8px}#vdt_hide{margin-bottom:10px}.vdt-flex[hidden]{display:none}.vdt-svg{fill:var( –color-dove-gray,rgba(0,0,0,.6));height:var(–spacer-twentyfour,24px);width:var(–spacer-twentyfour,24px)}Canadian wildfire smoke impacts eastern FloridaFlorida residents woke up to hazy skies and “unhealthy” air quality on Tuesday, Oct. 3, from wildfire smoke weather officials said drifted from Canada.

  • After a historic wildfire summer, hundreds of fires are still burning in Canada.
  • Smoke from the haze reached New York City earlier this week.

Skies over a swath of Florida were beginning to clear Wednesday as haze dissipated from smoke that swept down all the way from lingering, unrelenting wildfires that have plagued Canada for months.

The smoke had rolled over sections of the Northeast before sliding over the Atlantic around a large high pressure system and drifting south, AccuWeather said. It curled back to the east over Florida, and Miami was shrouded in haze Tuesday.

“Hazy conditions will continue this morning, however, conditions should gradually improve as the day progresses,” the National Weather Service in Miami said Wednesday.

Earlier in the week, New York City Mayor Eric Adams had warned New Yorkers of potential air quality concerns resulting from Canadian wildfire smoke. The plume reached the city Monday, causing noticeably hazy skies. The moderated Air Quality Index reading warned “there may be some risk to people who are unusually sensitive to air pollution.”

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Where wildfire smoke is at its worst: Here’s a map of the entire US.

Canadian smoke swept across much of US this summer

In Florida, air quality was rated “unhealthy” Tuesday in areas in or near Orlando, Jacksonville, West Palm Beach, Lake Okeechobee and Venice, The Weather Channel reported. Tampa Bay, Sarasota, Ocala and Lakeland had air quality considered unhealthy for sensitive groups such as people with asthma.

Historic summer wildfires prompted evacuations across much of Canada as more than 6,000 blazes burned. Smoke from Canadian wildfires has made its way to parts of the United States, blanketing skies for days at a time.

Entire city forced to evacuate: Wildfires get worse; US will see smoky air again

Over 600 fires still burning in Canada

Natural Resources Canada stopped updating its daily fire report last week. But at that time more than 600 fires were still burning, more than half of them uncontrolled. More than 44 million acres of land burned in Canadian wildfires this year − the U.S. Department of Agriculture says the entire state of Florida has about 39 million acres of land.

“So imagine an area of land larger than Florida has burned from wildfires in Canada. Wow!!” Tampa Meteorologist Dave Osterberg said on X, formerly Twitter. “The smoke and haze is not as thick today, and hopefully will be gone later today.”

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