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Wildfire haze over Iowa dissipates; air quality better

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DES MOINES (KWWL) -

Air quality has risen in eastern Iowa after smoke that was being pushed south from wildfires in Saskatchewan has dissipated.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources said air quality was either good or moderate across the state Wednesday.

A healthy level of air is at or below 35 micrograms of particulate matter per cubic meter, according to the EPA.

The DNR says daily average readings taken Tuesday put Cedar Rapids at 40 micrograms, Iowa City at 48.2 micrograms and Clinton at 53.4 micrograms, and has gone down since then.

That's down from Tuesday morning's readings of 43, 79 and 80 micrograms, respectively, for each of those three eastern Iowa cities.

Air quality is expected to stay good or moderate for the remainder of Wednesday.

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