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Research Looking Into The Impacts The Wildfire Had On Air Quality

Fort McMurray, AB, Canada / MIX 103.7
Research Looking Into The Impacts The Wildfire Had On Air Quality

Cloud of smoke from wildfire near Horse River on May 1, 2016

Air quality in our region during the evacuation was 100 times worse than a regular day.

That’s according to Sanjay Prasad, Executive Director of the Wood Buffalo Environmental Association.

“Air quality health index is an indicator of how air quality is affecting human health and the air quality on that day, the index was at 819 and on a normal day on the air quality health index it’s between one and three.”

To mark Earth Day, scientists with the WBEA will explore data collected during the wildfire. This includes short and long-term impact it had on air quality and overall atmospheric concentrations in the region.

These scientists will be on hand to discuss their findings on Saturday, April 22 at the Wood Buffalo Regional Library from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

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