6:22 PM MDT Friday 17 August 2018 Special air quality statement in effect for:
Brazeau Co. near Brazeau Dam
Brazeau Co. near Cynthia and Lodgepole
Clearwater Co. near Caroline and James River Bridge
Clearwater Co. near Rocky Mtn House and Crimson Lake
O'Chiese 203 Res. and Clearwater Co. near Sunchild Cree Res.
Yellowhead Co. near Minnow and Wolf Lakes and Elk River
Smoke from forest fires in British Columbia continues to stream into most of Alberta resulting in locally poor air quality and reducing visibility.
As of 6:00 PM MDT, AQHI values around the Capital Region are at 10 or higher. Around sunset, a plume of very dense smoke will move into the region, with visibility reduced to a fog-like 1 km or less at times. The accompanying air quality will likely be worse than has been seen in the Capital Region this summer. As a result, outdoor activities are strongly discouraged tonight.
An improvement in air quality is expected beginning Saturday morning in northern Alberta, around noon in the Capital Region, and by evening around Calgary.
During a wildfire, smoke conditions can change quickly over short distances and can vary considerably hour-by-hour.
Individuals may experience symptoms such as increased coughing, throat irritation, headaches or shortness of breath. Children, seniors, and those with cardiovascular or lung disease, such as asthma, are especially at risk.
People with lung diseases, such as asthma and COPD, can be particularly sensitive to air pollution. They will generally experience more serious health effects at lower levels. Pollution can aggravate their diseases, leading to increased medication use, doctor and emergency room visits, and hospital visits.
Stay inside if you have breathing difficulties. Find an indoor place that's cool and ventilated. Using an air conditioner that cools and filters air may help. If you open the windows you may let in more polluted air. If your home isn't air-conditioned, consider going to a public place (library, shopping mall, recreation centre) that is air-conditioned.
Visit www.airhealth.ca for information on how to reduce your health risk and your personal contribution to pollution levels, as well as for current and forecast AQHI values.
Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada.
Issued by Environment Canada, Alberta Environment and Parks and Alberta Health