9:48 PM CDT Friday 17 August 2018 Special air quality statement in effect for:
Mun. of Souris-Glenwood
R.M. of Pipestone incl. Oak Lake Res.
R.M. of Sifton incl. Oak Lake and Deleau
R.M. of Wallace-Woodworth incl. Virden Elkhorn and Kenton
R.M. of Whitehead incl. Alexander and Beresford
Riverdale Mun. incl. Rivers and Wheatland
Smoke originating from forest fires in BC will continue to give hazy skies through most of southern Manitoba tonight. Some localities will get reduced visibility in smoke as well as reduced air quality.
A general shift in the wind pattern aloft is expected to bring widespread dense smoke into western Manitoba through the day on Saturday. This smoke will continue through the remainder of southern Manitoba Saturday night. Air quality may become very poor within this smoke plume. Visibility will be reduced in smoke.
Sunday should see clearer air pushing through southern Manitoba from the north.
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.
Due to the smoky conditions, individuals living in or travelling to the above noted areas are advised to be aware of potential health concerns that can be associated with current air conditions. In these current conditions, even healthy individuals may experience sore eyes, tears, coughing and a runny nose.
In areas affected by smoke from wildland fires, Manitobans are encouraged to: - limit outdoor activity and/or strenuous physical activity; if breathing becomes difficult or uncomfortable, stop or reduce the activity - reduce exposure to smoke by staying indoors or moving to areas with cleaner air, as conditions can vary dramatically by area - turn off furnaces and air-conditioning units that may draw smoke indoors - keep indoor air cleaner by avoiding smoking or burning other materials
People at higher risk include young children, the elderly, pregnant women and people with heart or lung conditions (particularly asthma), and therefore should avoid as much exposure to smoke as possible.
Manitobans with health questions or concerns can contact their health-care provider or call Health Links - Info Santé at 204-788-8200 or toll-free at 1-888-315-9257. More information on the health effects of smoke is available at www.gov.mb.ca/health/publichealth/environmentalhealth/smoke.html
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.