STAMFORD — Sherla Brito had never had an asthma attack until the orange smog wafted into Stamford earlier this week.

On Tuesday, Brito left the daycare center where she works for a break. After walking less than a block, she became dizzy, then was having trouble breathing, moving and talking. Brito's boss let her leave work early to recuperate.

"I didn’t actually know I was having an asthma attack," Brito said as she waited for the bus in front of Veterans Memorial Park Wednesday. "It was just really scary because I couldn’t even move around, and it actually felt like my lungs were getting clogged up."

On Wednesday, Brito was back to work. She was also donning a blue-green N95 facemask — one of a handful of Stamford residents masking up to protect themselves against wildfire smoke and pollutants drifting down from Canada.

Air quality monitoring sites across Connecticut reported unhealthy levels of fine particles in the air early Wednesday morning, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Fire and Smoke Map. The level means most people should generally try to stay inside and keep any outdoor activities light and short, the EPA said.

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