Headline RoundupMay 13th, 2024

Canada Wildfire Smoke Prompts Air Quality Warnings in Northern US

Summary from the AllSides News Team

Some northern U.S. states saw air quality alerts on Monday, as smoke blew in from wildfires in western Canada. 

The Details: Hundreds of fires have sprung up across western Canada, echoing 2023’s fires, which burned more than 45 million acres. Authorities told several communities in British Columbia to evacuate over the weekend. In the U.S., drifting smoke prompted air quality alerts in Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin. North Dakota, South Dakota, and northern Michigan also saw poor air quality, according to government data.

How the Media Covered It: Some coverage used more sensational language than others; Fox News (Right bias) said the smoke “chokes Minneapolis with worst air quality in America,” and CNN (Lean Left bias) described the wildfires as “explosive” and exhibiting “extreme fire behavior.” While articles from the left were more likely to note a connection to climate change, these notes tended to be brief; The Washington Post (Lean Left bias) wrote, “Human-caused climate change intensifies heat, droughts and fire intensity,” adding that dry land is “more combustible.”

Check out Canada's interactive fire map and the U.S. AirNow interactive air quality map.

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