Baltimore, MD - June 8, 2023  - Hazardous air quality and pollutant exposure has placed nearly all of Maryland under alerts for unhealthy air quality Thursday as smoke from Canadian wildfires lingers through at least the weekend, officials said.

The Maryland Department of the Environment has issued a Code Red Air Quality Alert Thursday for the Baltimore-Annapolis region. The alert — covering the I-95 corridor in Maryland, DC and Northern Virginia — means air pollution concentrations within the region are unhealthy for the general population.

The highest concentrations of wildfire smoke should drop Thursday afternoon across Maryland, the Department of the Environment said, though particles in the air will remain a concern until Friday.

The District of Columbia, the city of Baltimore and Cecil, Baltimore, Prince George's, Anne Arundel, Charles, St. Marys, Calvert, Montgomery, Howard and Harford are in the Code Red area, the National Weather Service said.... Read More: