Parts of Ontario County hit hard by wildfire haze

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ONTARIO COUNTY, N.Y. – Seneca Lake was not very busy Wednesday as air quality remained poor.

Smoky conditions have been a lot worse, east of Rochester.

This includes areas like Geneva and Seneca Falls. Air quality in Geneva reached a hazardous level, far surpassing the unhealthy zone, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

Health commissioners say this is not a reason to panic.

They recommend you wear a mask if you struggle with asthma, but everyone else should limit their time outside.

Up by the lake, a few people could be seen walking around. They said the smoke didn’t stop them from enjoying the outdoors.

“It doesn’t really bother me a whole lot. I like walking. I was surprised how much it didn’t really bother, but yeah, I can definitely smell it and it feels a bit stuffy,” Lorraine Martin of Geneva said.

“It’s normally packed here, but they said on the news, ‘Don’t come, don’t come out, you know. If you’re smart, put a mask on,” Mark Springmeier of Geneva said.

Health commissioners say those n95 masks can really help block some of those fine particles and make breathing a little easier.