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The National Weather Service has issued an air quality alert for the Jacksonville area through Sunday as a new wave of smoke from wildfires in Canada moves into west-central Illinois.

Illinois Environmental Protection Agency said a large plume was expected to arrive in the northern part of the state early Saturday and reach into more-southern areas by the evening.

It is recommended those with respiratory issues limit time outdoors. Those considered a "sensitive group" include children, elderly adults and those with pulmonary or respiratory disease such as asthma.

The alert is in effect through Sunday night.

The smoke resulting from thousands of wildfires in Canada this year contains particulate matter, tiny pollutants that can be inhaled and get into a person's lungs and bloodstream. In addition to causing difficulty breathing, the smoke can result in throat and eye irritation. 

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