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Most of Wisconsin under air quality alert


MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Most of Wisconsin is under an air quality alert for particle pollution, which means some outdoor activities could be unhealty for some people.

The Department of Natural Resources issued the alert for southeastern Wisconsin and much of the rest of the state. It runs through 11 p.m. Monday.

The state's air quality index is forecast to reach the orange level, which is considered unhealthy for people with heart or lung disease, asthma, older adults and children.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports people in these groups should reschedule or curtail strenuous activities during the watch period.

Fine particle pollution comes primarily from sources such as power plants, factories, vehicle exhaust and wood burning.

In the Milwuakee metro area, the following counties are affected: Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Waukesha, Washington, Racine and Kenosha.

For the rest of the state, the counties are: Adams, Brown, Buffalo, Calumet, Chippewa, Clark, Columbia, Crawford, Dane, Dodge, Dunn, Eau Claire, Fond Du Lac, Grant, Green, Green Lake, Iowa, Jackson, Jefferson, Juneau, Kewaunee, La Crosse, Lafayette, Manitowoc, Marathon, Marquette, Monroe, Outagamie, Pepin, Pierce, Portage, Richland, Rock, Sauk, Shawano, Sheboygan, St. Croix, Taylor, Trempealeau, Vernon, Walworth, Waupaca, Waushara, Winnebago and Wood counties.

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