The Maine Department of Environmental Protection has issued a moderate air quality alert for the state. 

Officials said that smoke from wildfires that are happening on the West Coast has been carried on winds across the country, and is causing particle pollution throughout New England. 

The air quality alert advises people who are sensitive to smoke or other air contaminants to avoid prolonged or heavy exertion, and watch for coughing or shortness of breath. 

This level of air quality does not pose significant health risks. 

Officials said that air quality levels may fluctuate throughout the afternoon. The air quality is expected to improve by Wednesday morning.

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Leela Stockley

Leela Stockley is an alumna of the University of Maine. She was raised in northern Maine, and loves her cat Wesley, her puppy Percy and staying active in the Maine outdoors.