As wildfires ravage the western U.S. the smoke is traveling thousands of miles and affecting air quality on the opposite coast.
Air quality across Nebraska may be affected by wildfires in Canada and the western United States over the next couple of days, the Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy said Tuesday.
An advisory of possible “moderate” to “unhealthy for sensitive groups” air quality may occur statewide on Tuesday and Wednesday, and intermittent “unhealthy” air quality also is possible, the department said.
According to a
map on an Environmental Protection Agency website, air quality in parts of Nebraska was considered to be “moderate” Tuesday morning.
The staff from the Department of Environment and Energy monitors smoke levels and wind directions to assess when Nebraska’s air quality may be affected. Advisories are based on data provided by National Weather Service, smoke plume modeling and from air quality monitors in Omaha, Bellevue, Lincoln, Grand Island and Scottsbluff.
For an hourly update on air quality across Nebraska, visit
Our best Omaha staff photos of July 2021
Camden Severin, 6, of Elkhorn, shows off autographs he collected during Husker Football Fan Day at Memorial Stadium on Thursday.
Quarterbacks Adrian Martinez, right, and Heinrich Haarberg meet with brothers Tayden, 5, and Kyler Conklin, 2, of Malcolm, during Husker Football Fan Day at Memorial Stadium on Thursday.
A full moon reflects a pink sunrise in Omaha on Saturday morning.
A person bikes up Underwood Avenue in Omaha early Saturday morning.
Carolyn Fisch shapes a piece of pottery to later fire in her kiln at her home in Omaha on Wednesday.
Pottery glows orange as it is pulled from the kiln at Carolyn Fisch's home in Omaha on Wednesday.
Smoke rises out of a charred pile of tree debris after a fire at Levi Carter Park on Friday. The boat ramp area is one of the places to drop off tree branches after the July 10th storm.
Scarlett Baldwin, 5, of Omaha holds onto mom Jen Baldwin and the wall while floating at Westridge Pool. A heat index above 100 degrees is forecast for the next three days in Omaha.
Nebraska Baseball Coach Will Bolt, left, opens the door for the new Director of Player Development for baseball Rob Childress at Haymarket Park on Tuesday.
A black-eyed Susan grows at the under-construction Gene Leahy Mall, with the First National Tower, the Union Pacific headquarters and the Omaha World-Herald building in the background.
James Moyle, left, and Frank Arch sit in a shelter at Miller Park next to a pile of tree debris on Tuesday. They were dressed as flies for an event in the park by Mandela Elementary. A storm over the weekend damaged thousands of trees and knocked out power in the Omaha area.
Tony Jackson, 61, and Tammy Kozak, 46, chat on outside Jackson's apartment in Omaha. Jackson's power was restored Sunday night. "I love camping," he said. "I just find something positive in the negative. My prayer is that everybody is safe and sound."
Prepackaged bags of vegetables, to be used for soup, are tossed into a box by volunteers at Food Bank for the Heartland on Friday.
Jim Furyk watches his putt on the 7th green during the final round of the U.S. Senior Open at Omaha Country Club on Sunday.
Bob Estes hits during the third day of the U.S. Senior Open at Omaha Country Club on Saturday.
Rocco Mediate lines up his shot, cigar on the ground, during the third day of the U.S. Senior Open at Omaha Country Club on Saturday.
The top of a building blew off at 2602 O St. in Omaha during an overnight storm on Saturday, July 10.
Sara Smith walks her dog Ellie south on 45th Street towards Poppleton Avenue next to a trampoline that blew out of a neighboring yard and appeared to have hit a power line before coming to rest on a speed bump after an overnight storm caused power outages and tree damage in the area on Saturday.
A broken windshield from a fallen tree near 63rd and Maple Streets.
Courtney Hudson, 42, of Omaha gets his hair cut by owner Mark Nelson outside Another Level Barbershop during a power outage Saturday.
A giant flag is carried along the route during Saturday’s parade.
Paradegoers waive flags during the pride parade on Saturday in downtown Omaha.
A tree fell on a house near 45th and Mayberry Streets after an overnight storm on Saturday. More than 65,000 people remained without power Sunday morning, about 36 hours after the storm, which brought hurricane-force winds, ripped through the Omaha area.
A tree landed on a car near 31st Street and Layafette Avenue after an overnight storm on Saturday.
Billy Andrade places his ball before putting on the sixth green during the second round of the U.S. Senior Open Championship on Friday.
Joakim Haeggman lays down before putting on the third green during the second round of the U.S. Senior Open Championship on Friday.
Ernie Els walks on the fairway of hole 1 on the first day of competition in the U.S. Senior Open golf championship at Omaha Country Club on Thursday.
Sam Randolph putts on hole 9 on the first day of competition in the U.S. Senior Open golf championship at Omaha Country Club on Thursday.
The first day of competition in the U.S. Senior Open golf championship at Omaha Country Club on Thursday.
Morning traffic zooms by on Interstate 80, looking east from about 82nd Street on Thursday.
The sun rises on the first day of competition in the U.S. Senior Open golf championship at Omaha Country Club on Thursday.
Wolf Brothers Western Store will sell everything, including fixtures, before moving to west Omaha. Photographed at Wolf Brothers Western Store at 7001 Dodge Street in Omaha on Friday.