Smoke from western wildfires prompts air quality statement in Regina, Saskatoon

Postado Agosto 09, 2018

A blood orange sun shone over much of Alberta on Tuesday, with a plume of smoke arriving in the province courtesy of wildfires burning across neighbouring British Columbia.

An air quality advisory issued in Clark County because of wildfire smoke has been extended through Wednesday, according to the department of air quality.

Albertans across the province noticed the taste and smell of smoke hanging in the air, with many towns and cities air qualities deteriorating throughout the day. The air quality index is expected to be unhealthy for sensitive groups through at least the rest of the week, meaning special care should be taken for young children, the elderly, pregnant women and anyone with lung or heart illnesses.

"During a wildfire, smoke conditions can change quickly over short distances and can vary considerably hour-by-hour", the statement warns. Exposure to ozone can induce coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath.