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Grassland management fires may affect Nebraska air quality through Friday

Grassland management fires may affect Nebraska air quality through Friday

An air quality advisory has been issued for parts of Nebraska east of Grand Island due to the potential for smoke from Kansas and Oklahoma grass fires, according to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.

Communities that could be affected are Grand Island, York, Beatrice, Lincoln, Omaha, Norfolk and South Sioux City. The advisory will be in effect until 7 p.m. Friday, according to the state.

Ranchers in Kansas and Oklahoma set fires in the spring with a goal of improving the quality of their herds through more nutritious, young grasses.

Air quality may be moderately impaired, but could also reach the level considered unhealthy for those with sensitive respiratory systems or in fragile health.

People in the affected groups are advised to take air quality into consideration if they are planning outdoor activities during that time period.

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