Massachusetts was shrouded in smoke Monday because people walking out their door get a foul odor from what smells like burning plastic like burning plastic.
The Bay Area for the second consecutive week has been affected by wildfires in the west.
Smoke from the wildfires again caused fine particles in the “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups” series to rise in parts of Massachusetts, and even in some communities to the “Unhealthy” series.
“Everyone can start experiencing health effects,” reads the website of the Department of Environmental Protection in Massachusetts. ‘People in sensitive groups should avoid prolonged or heavy outdoor exertion and consider moving inside or rescheduling.
“Those with asthma should keep medicines for quick relief on hand,” reads the warning. “Everyone else needs to reduce prolonged or heavy outdoor effort and take more breaks and do less intense activities.”
Some firefighters were inundated with calls from residents reporting smoke in the area.
The Cambridge Fire Department tweeted: ‘Keep an eye on the plume of smoke (smell of smoke and visible haze) in our area from the #wildfires in the western US and Canada. Engine 9 and Ladder 4 briefly responded to smoke odor in their district, attributed to the #wildfires. ”
The Hubbardston Fire Department also tweeted: ‘We have responded to numerous reports of smoke in the area. There is a smoky smell and smoky smell in the north of the central MA. This is due to the veld fire smoke in the atmosphere coming from the western part of the country. ”
The fog and smoke conditions could be washed out on Tuesday as a cold front washes through the region.
“The rain could help wash it to the ground,” said Torry Gaucher, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.
“There’s a late Tuesday afternoon opportunity for showers and storms that could ease the smoke,” Gaucher, who is located in the Norton office of NWS in Boston, added.
However, he warned that there could be another wave of smoke later in the week that could move to the northeast.