The wildfire smoke that has blanketed much of the Canadian and American West Coast has finally reached Alberta.
New alerts from Environment Canada show that the regions of Banff National Park, Cardston, Fort Macleod, Magrath, Crowsnest Pass, Pincher Creek, Waterton Lakes National Park, Kananaskis, and Canmore have all fallen under air quality statements.
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These statements note that “smoke from wildfires in the western United States and British Columbia continues to enter southwestern Alberta, resulting in poor air quality and reduced visibility.”
The most recent update to the statement came in at 11:19 am on Monday, September 14, and noted that air quality is expected to improve by this evening and overnight, with smoke heading southward.
Those in the affected areas may experience throat irritation, coughing, headaches, and shortness of breath as a result of the smoke.
Those with preexisting medical conditions, especially lung diseases, are at risk and are warned to take extra precautions.
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