A special air quality statement is in effect for our region as smoke from wildfires burning in British Columbia drifts into the region.
Environment Canada says the smoke is causing poor air quality and reducing visibility in the Fort McMurray and Fort McKay areas.
Due to wildfires in BC there is smoke and hazy conditions in the Fort McMurray area. If you have smoke-related health concerns contact Alberta Health Link at 811. Info about AB’s Air Quality Health Index https://t.co/r4IY7AeFjg. Map of the smoky areas https://t.co/vFw0PhGLzb pic.twitter.com/NLa8B6obhq
— Alberta Wildfire (@AlbertaWildfire) August 7, 2018
The hazy conditions are expected to persist Tuesday and Wednesday.
The weather agency notes children, seniors, and those with cardiovascular or lung disease, such as asthma, are especially at risk. If you have also difficulties breathing, it’s recommended you stay inside in a cool and well-ventilated place.
If you have any health-related concerns, you’re encouraged to call 811 or visit ahs.ca.