- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 7, 2015

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) - Smoke from wildfires in Canada is affecting air quality in northwest and west central Illinois.

The National Weather Service on Tuesday morning issued a special weather statement but says conditions should improve later Tuesday afternoon. The weather service says the Environmental Protection Agency indicates air quality in the affected area has reached unhealthy levels, largely northwest of the Illinois River.

The weather service says smoke from the wildfires has been drawn into the Midwest over the last several days. Authorities also say visibility has been reduced to a few miles because of haze. They say there have been reports of smoke being smelled because a cold front has drawn air downward.

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