A special air quality statement is in effect for Wood Buffalo and surrounding areas.
Environment Canada says the recent cold weather is elevating pollution levels for the following areas:
- Lac La Biche Co. near Crow Lake Prov. Park
- Lac La Biche Co. near Wiau Winefred and Grist Lakes
- R.M. of Wood Buffalo near Fort MacKay and Wallace Creek
- R.M. of Wood Buffalo near Fort McMurray and Anzac
- R.M. of Wood Buffalo near Gipsy Lake and Whitemud Falls
- R.M. of Wood Buffalo near Grand Rapids Wildland Prov. Park
- R.M. of Wood Buffalo near Janvier South and Conklin
- R.M. of Wood Buffalo near Mariana Lake
- R.M. of Wood Buffalo near Stony Mtn Prov. Park and Engstrom Lake
The weather agency notes Fort McKay is also experiencing increased levels of pollution due to the burning of brush piles around the community.
Environment Canada says people outside may experience increased coughing, throat irritation, headaches or shortness of breath. Children, seniors, and those with cardiovascular or lung disease are being told to limit their time outdoors.
They add the conditions will most likely stick around for Friday but start to clear up by Saturday.