Code Orange Air Quality Alert for Birmingham, Alabama on June 9

by | Jun 8, 2023

Smoke from the wildfires in central Canada has been affecting a large portion of the eastern United States over the past several days, and now the Southeast, including Alabama, is experiencing the effects.

The National Weather Service in Birmingham today said it expects smoke from the fires to drift southward towards north and central Alabama over the next 24 hours, creating hazy conditions in the region. The Jefferson County Department of Health is forecasting a Code Orange air quality alert for Friday, June 9.

The Air Quality Index, or AQI, is a color-coded “score” of air conditions in regions where there are air monitors that meet federal requirements. Values range from 0 to 500+. To check the air quality where you live, visit

AQI Color
Level of Concern
AQI Value
Description of Air Quality
0 to 50
Air quality is satisfactory, and air pollution poses little or no risk.
51 to 100
Air quality is acceptable. However, there may be a risk for some people, particularly those who are unusually sensitive to air pollution.
Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups
101 to 150
Members of sensitive groups may experience health effects. The general public is less likely to be affected.
151 to 200
Some members of the general public may experience health effects; members of sensitive groups may experience more serious health effects.
Very Unhealthy
201 to 300
Health alert: The risk of health effects is increased for everyone.
Health warning of emergency conditions: everyone is more likely to be affected.


A Code Orange alert means that air in the region is expected to be “unhealthy for sensitive groups.” The general public is not expected to be affected, but everyone should remain vigilant and #AirAware at all times, especially during an air quality alert.

Individuals who are more likely to be affected include people with chronic health conditions (e.g., COPD, asthma, heart disease, and diabetes); infants, children, and teenagers; older adults; pregnant women; and people who work or exercise outdoors.

Stay tuned to our blog and social media channels as this story develops. And please, stay safe!

About Michael Hansen
Michael is Executive Director of GASP. He joined the team in 2013 as communications specialist. He has years of experience and extensive training in the areas of public health and environmental protection. He is a member of the board of directors for the Southeast Climate & Energy Network and Clean Water Fund, as well as a member of the Arm in Arm National Core Support Team. Email Michael
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