Ongoing wildfires in Canada are causing drifting smoke and haze across the Great Lakes region and parts of the central and eastern United States.

Air quality concerns are rising, with areas in Illinois, lower Michigan, and southern Wisconsin experiencing the worst air quality in the U.S.

Minnesota has issued a record 23rd air quality alert, and smoky skies are obscuring the skylines of Minneapolis and St. Paul.

Michigan and Wisconsin have also issued air quality alerts for their respective states.

Officials are advising vulnerable individuals, such as young people, older adults, and those with health issues, to spend more time indoors.

Daycare centers and youth sports clubs are adjusting their activities to minimize outdoor exposure for children.

The hazy skies are causing visibility issues, affecting services like emergency response.

Wildfires in northern Quebec and low pressure over the eastern Great Lakes are responsible for the smoke and haze.

Canada has experienced a record-breaking number of wildfires, with over 490 fires burning and 255 considered out of control.

The smoke particles from wildfires can cause health issues, and it is recommended to limit outdoor activities and take precautions to avoid breathing in the particles.