Air Quality Alert - Health Advisory

Published on Tuesday, May 30, 2023

PROVIDENCE, RI – The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) is notifying the public that an unusual smoke event is expected to impact the state starting at approximately 10:30 AM today, Tuesday, May 30, and lasting through sunset and possibly into early overnight hours. Large uncontrolled wildfires in Nova Scotia have produced a significant smoke plume that is moving toward our area, with elevated fine particles anticipated during those hours.  It is unclear exactly at this time how much smoke will be mixing to the surface, but there is the risk for several hours of UNHEALHTY fine particles readings that register quite high on the Air Quality Index.    

For certain groups at risk for exposure to poor air quality, such as people with preexisting medical conditions, it is recommended to remain indoors with windows closed during the times significant smoke is affecting your area. Additionally, for people outdoors, N95 masks can reduce exposure to pollutants in smoke plumes. If smoke is reaching the ground, you will smell wood burning and notice reduced visibility and haze.

For detailed information, please refer to our air quality forecast page.

EPA’s Fire and Smoke Map has detailed information on current air quality readings in your area, including DEM and Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) air quality monitors, along with the network of regional low-cost sensors.