For the third time this summer, residents of South Dakota are feeling the effects of the worst wildfire season ever in Canada.

As more than 600 blazes continue north of the border, 226 of which are still uncontrolled, the Mount Rushmore State is under another air quality alert.

The South Dakota Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources issued the warning Tuesday (August 29) for areas across the state where smoke from the wildfires is forecasted to settle this week.

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The alert is in effect until at least Thursday (August 31) but may be extended if conditions don't improve over the next 48 hours.

The South Dakota Department of Health is advising that smoke levels from the fires could impact elderly citizens, young children, and individuals with respiratory problems.

Health officials recommend avoiding excessive physical exertion and minimizing outdoor activities during periods of low visibility caused by wildfire smoke. People are also encouraged to keep indoor air clean by closing windows and doors.

 

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