LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Lincoln and the surrounding areas are under an air quality alert due to brush fires in Cass County and prescribed burns in Kansas.

There’s also a high pollen count, which could cause some problems for people with allergies, asthma or COPD.

“We have all of the chemicals that come from the burning, so those fall into the inorganic pollutants, and then we also have really high pollen counts right now,” said Dr. Zachary Depew a pulmonologist at CHI Health. “So that’s going to be your molds and pollens and all those kinds of allergens.”

He recommended that people who are sensitive to smoke and pollutants limit their time and exertion outdoors.

If people are at high risk and have to be outside, he recommends putting on an N95 mask to help filter out those particulates.

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