FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 29, 2023
Canadian Wildfires Cause Unhealthy Air Quality in Charlottesville
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - The City's Office of Emergency Management has issued a notice to residents that the Air Quality Index (AQI) in the Charlottesville area is currently 158, which is considered “unhealthy,” according to the Environmental Projection Agency’s website, www.airnow.gov.
Use your own discretion when traveling outside. For those who have preexisting medical issues, please exercise caution when deciding to engage in any outdoor activities. People with heart or lung disease, older adults, children, and teens should avoid strenuous outdoor activities and move them indoors. Consult with your doctor on recommendations about leaving the area if conditions are prolonged.
If you go out, consider wearing an N95 mask to reduce your exposure to air pollutants. Keep any doors, windows, and fireplaces shut to reduce fine particle build-up indoors. It's recommended that you run your air conditioning on a recirculation setting. Visit www.airnow.gov or download the app to find the AQI for your area.
Please note that some City services may be affected in order to prioritize safety and operational updates will be posted accordingly.
Emergency Management Coordinator
City of Charlottesville