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South Brunswick Twp Police Department
Wednesday June 7th, 2023 :: 03:22 p.m. EDT


Smoke to Impact Area into Friday

Good Afternoon,

We continue to monitor the impact of the Canadian wildfires on our community. We anticipate the smoke to impact us for the next day. Here are some safety guidelines - 

  • Sensitive populations (which includes the elderly, infants and young children, people with lung diseases such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema or chronic bronchitis) should remain indoors
  • Individuals with asthma: Poor air quality may trigger asthma attacks.Individuals with respiratory diseases: Follow the physician's recommendations and respiratory management plan.
  • People in general should avoid strenuous activities and limit the amount of time they are active outdoors.
  • The most effective way to prevent breathing harmful particles from wildfire smoke is to stay indoors with windows and doors closed.
  • If an air conditioner is available, run it while keeping the fresh-air intake closed and the filter clean to prevent outdoor smoke from getting inside.
  • Do not vacuum, because vacuuming stirs up particles already inside your home.
  • Do not smoke tobacco or other products, because smoking puts even more pollution into the air.

Do not rely on dust masks for protection. Paper “comfort” or “dust” masks commonly found at hardware stores trap large particles, such as sawdust. These masks will not protect your lungs from smoke. 


* Smoke Update *
The Eastern Canadian Wildfires continue to have a significant impact in our area as we have seen a thick smoke plume recently move into our region. This has led to very poor air quality and greatly reduced visibility. Satellite images show that to the northwest, there will be slow improvement for this evening and more so tonight. While visibility may get somewhat better, air quality will still be at hazardous levels. For tomorrow, a slight adjustment in pattern and wind means the worst of the smoke will set-up well to the west and out of the area. It still is going to be hazy with poor air quality, just not to the extent of what we are seeing today. The good news is that on Friday, it's becoming more likely that we'll see significant improvement in both visibility and air quality.
Hazard Threat Description
Brush Fire High Canadian fires continue to result in smoke for our area with very poor air quality and visibility. The worst of it eases tonight. Conditions improved (but still poor) tomorrow, then significantly better on Friday.


Limit any outdoor activity

South Brunswick Twp Police Department
540 Ridge Rd
South Brunswick Township, NJ 08852

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