The Maine Department of Environmental Protection has issued a Air Quality Alert for Friday, July 1st from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

The Alert affects Coastal Hancock, including Ellsworth, Bar Harbor, Bucksport, Orland and Castine.

Ozone levels are expected to rise into the Unhealthy, for Sensitive Groups. At elevated ozone levels, children, healthy adults who exert themselves, and individuals suffering from a respiratory disease such as asthma, bronchitis or COPD can experience
reduced lung function and irritation. When this happens, individuals may notice a shortness of breath, coughing, throat irritation, and/or experience an uncomfortable sensation in their chest. Individuals are encouraged to limit the intensity and duration of outdoor activities.

The Maine DEP recommends that everyone consider limiting strenuous activities.

A toll free air quality hotline has been established so Mainers can stay informed on the air quality situation. That number is 1-800-223-1196

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