The sky was the color of burnt orange sunset; the air was thick with smoke. It was like breathing in a lungful of ash. This is what it was for the people of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin during the week of June 26th 2023.

Climate change is a serious threat to our planet and our health. One of the consequences of global warming is the increase in wildfires, which produce harmful smoke that can travel long distances. This summer, residents of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, experienced the effects of wildfire smoke from Canada. The air quality was so poor that people had to stay indoors, wear masks, and avoid outdoor activities. The smoke also reduced visibility and created a hazy sky.

Advisory for PM2.5 and Ozone (Orange/Red)

The 2023 wildfire season in Canada has been the worst on record, and it is only going to get worse. The combination of hot, dry weather and increased fire activity is creating a perfect storm for wildfires.

The fire season in Canada typically runs from May to October, but this year it has already started early. The first fire of the season was reported in March, and since then, there have been over 10,000 wildfires in Canada. These fires have burned over 10 million acres of land, and they have forced the evacuation of thousands of people.

The smoke from the wildfires is also having a major impact on air quality. The smoke has been so thick that it has been visible in the United States, and it has caused air quality advisories to be issued in several states.

The 2023 wildfire season is a major disaster, and it is a sign of things to come. As climate change continues to warm the planet, we can expect to see more frequent and more severe wildfires in Canada and around the world.

Update July 4th and 5th Wisconsin is again under a purple alert very unhealthy air advisory this time it is the hottest day of 2023 so far. Hot, sunny days can cause ozone to accumulate under a layer of stagnant air, trapping smoke from Fourth of July fireworks, car exhaust and other pollutants. The situation is often worse in the morning and evening because the ground cools off faster than the atmosphere, creating an inversion that keeps air near the surface.