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Wildfire smoke lowers air quality levels throughout KC metro

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Posted at 8:44 PM, Dec 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-16 00:30:39-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — UPDATE, 11:30 p.m. | Levels have worsened to "very unhealthy."

Those with heart or lung disease, as well as older adults, children and teens, are advised to avoid physical activities outdoors. Others are advised to limit outdoor activities.

UPDATE, 10:15 p.m. | Air quality levels in the Kansas City metro have slightly improved from "unhealthy for sensitive groups" to "moderate." Those who are usually sensitive to particle pollution should consider limiting their time outside, according to AirNow.gov.

ORIGINAL STORY | The western Kansas wildfire smoke blowing into the Kansas City area has significantly lowered the air quality level.

AirNow.gov reports the Kansas City metro’s air quality went from "good" to "unhealthy for sensitive groups" around 7 p.m. Wednesday.

The advisory warns people with heart or lung disease as well as older adults, children and teens to limit their exposure outdoors at this time and not partake in strenuous activities.