- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 7, 2015

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says smoke from dozens of wildfires in Canada is causing potentially dangerous conditions in eastern Iowa.

The DNR says a plume of smoke from the distant fires caused a spike in particle levels in the air Tuesday, leading to levels that exceeded federal standards in Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, Davenport, Muscatine and other cities.

The particle level was expected to drop to lower levels later Tuesday.

The smoky air can be dangerous to people with respiratory problems or heart disease. The DNR recommends that children and elderly people limit prolonged outdoor activities until the air clears.

The smoke is from wildfires in northern Saskatchewan. Parts of northern and central Iowa experienced smoky skies last week.

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