10:26 AM MDT Saturday 18 August 2018 Special air quality statement in effect for:
Clearwater Co. near Chungo Creek
Clearwater Co. near Nordegg and Big Horn Res.
Clearwater Co. near Ya-Ha-Tinda Ranch
Yellowhead Co. near Cadomin and Robb
Smoke is causing poor air quality and reducing visibility. Smoke is expected or occurring.
Smoke from forest fires in British Columbia continues to stream into Alberta resulting in widespread poor air quality and reducing visibility.
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