Saskatchewan forest hearth smoke raises a particular air high quality alert for Edmonton

A special air quality declaration has been issued for the city of Edmonton as forest fire smoke pours into our area from a forest fire in neighboring Saskatchewan.

Environment Canada says smoke from wildfire near Hudson Bay, SK, is causing elevated levels of particulate matter in parts of Alberta.

“Wildfire smoke is an ever-changing mixture of particles and gases that contains many chemicals that can be harmful to your health,” says Environment Canada. They add that you should take additional precautions to reduce exposure if you or someone in your care is exposed to forest fire smoke.

Environment Canada

People with lung conditions like asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) can be prone to air pollution.

Edmonton is not alone in the smoky situation. Nine areas in the province have issued special air quality statements due to smoke.

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