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Western Fires Trigger Massachusetts Air Alert 2,000 Miles Away

July 26, 2021, 8:38 PM

Massachusetts has issued an air quality advisory after smoke from West Coast wildfires more than 2,000 miles away drifted over the Bay State.

Monday’s advisory covered most of the state outside of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket and was set to last until midnight. Parts of western and central Massachusetts experienced unhealthy air quality Monday, according to a state Department of Environmental Protection website -- meaning even healthy people were encouraged to limit exposure. Monitors in the Boston area were recording moderate air quality Monday.

A Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Green Line train in Newton drifts through the smoke from western wildfires that blanketed Boston and its suburbs Monday and set off air quality alerts from Connecticut to Maine.
Brian Sullivan

Fires burning throughout the western U.S. have sent plumes of smoke across the ...