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Alerts for: Peace River - Fairview - High Prairie - Manning

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10:35 AM MDT Saturday 18 August 2018
Special air quality statement in effect for:

  • Birch Hills Co. near Eaglesham and Hwy 740
  • Birch Hills Co. near Wanham and Peoria
  • Clear Hills Co. near Chinchaga Wildland Prov. Park
  • Clear Hills Co. near Cleardale Worsley and Cherry Point
  • Clear Hills Co. near Hines Creek and Eureka River
  • Co. of Northern Lights near Dixonville and Cardinal Lake
  • Co. of Northern Lights near Manning and Notikewin Prov. Park
  • M.D. of Big Lakes near High Prairie and Winagami Lake
  • M.D. of Fairview including Fairview Whitelaw and Dunvegan
  • M.D. of Peace including Grimshaw and Berwyn
  • M.D. of Smoky River including Falher McLennan and Guy
  • M.D. of Spirit River including Spirit River and Rycroft
  • Nrn Sunrise Co. near Keppler Creek
  • Nrn Sunrise Co. near Peace River Nampa and Three Creeks
  • Saddle Hills Co. near Bay Tree and Silver Valley
  • Saddle Hills Co. near Moonshine Lake Prov. Park
  • Saddle Hills Co. near Woking

Smoke from forest fires in British Columbia continues to stream into most of Alberta resulting in locally poor air quality and reducing visibility.

Satellite observations show that the heaviest smoke is beginning to thin just to the north of the capital region however smoke and poor air quality will persist today. Outdoor activities are strongly discouraged for most of today with some improvement likely later this afternoon and evening.

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

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