Canadian Wildfire Smoke Halts Outdoor Activities At Schools And Parks Across Baltimore County


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BALTIMORE COUNTY - Wildfire smoke carried by winds from eastern Canada has drastically affected the air quality in Baltimore County, leading to cancellations of outdoor events by schools, recreational departments, and other institutions. Residents are being urged to remain indoors as much as possible to avoid exposure to the poor air quality.

Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) made an announcement via their Twitter account stating that all outdoor activities scheduled for Thursday would either be canceled or moved indoors due to the situation.


The Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks also took similar measures, canceling all outdoor activities. A department representative stated, “There is a code red air quality alert due to Canadian wildfire smoke today, Thursday, June 8. Baltimore County Recreation and Parks has canceled all outdoor activities sponsored by the Department.”

Towson University is actively monitoring the air quality situation and taking appropriate steps to limit outdoor work. They have made KN95 masks available in Union, Library, Admin, and Public Safety buildings for anyone who must be outdoors.

The Baltimore County Police Department has also issued advice to residents to protect themselves. They recommend staying indoors as much as possible. If it's necessary to be outside, they advise avoiding strenuous activity and wearing an N95 mask to protect against harmful particles.

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