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Smoke from wildfires turned the skies orange behind New York's Chrysler Building in June 2023. The smoke affected millions across the central and eastern U.S. David Dee Delgado/Getty Images hide caption

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Wildfire smoke this year woke up places unaccustomed to its effects. Now what?

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Wildfires outside of Yellowknife, the capital of Canada's Northwest Territories, as seen from space on Tuesday. As of Thursday the fires are less than 10 miles outside of the city. NASA/Michala Garrison hide caption

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NASA/Michala Garrison

Poor air quality triggered orange, red and purple alerts over a large chunk of the U.S. on Thursday, as seen in this map published by the federal air quality site AirNow at 7 a.m. ET. AirNow.gov hide caption

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Christina Lamoureux and her fiancé, Brian Fritzsche, have been planning their wedding since January 2021. Now they may have to scramble to avoid the wildfire smoke from Canada that's drifted into the U.S. across the Northeast and Midwest. Christina Lamoureux hide caption

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Christina Lamoureux

Early morning hikers rest before walking down Piestewa Peak, a city park in Phoenix, Ariz. El Niño makes a record-breaking average annual temperature for Earth more likely. Ryan Kellman/NPR hide caption

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The sun rises over a hazy New York City skyline as seen from Jersey City, N.J., Wednesday, June 7, 2023. Intense Canadian wildfires are blanketing the northeastern U.S. in a haze, turning the air acrid, the sky yellowish gray and prompting warnings for vulnerable populations to stay inside. Seth Wenig/AP hide caption

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