Environment Canada has issued a special air quality statement for Calgary, as smoke plumes from forest fires in British Columbia are moving into Alberta, resulting in poor local air quality and reduced visibility later today.
“During a wildfire, smoke conditions can change quickly over short distances and can vary considerably hour-by-hour,” reads the statement from the weather agency.
Individuals may experience symptoms such as increased coughing, throat irritation, headaches or shortness of breath. Children, seniors, and those with cardiovascular or lung disease, such as asthma, are especially at risk.
Environment Canada advises staying inside if you have difficulty breathing and to find an indoor place that’s cool and ventilated. Using an air conditioner that cools and filters air may help.
If you open the windows you may let in more polluted air, so if your home isn’t air-conditioned you may want to consider going to a public place such as a library, shopping mall or recreation centre that is air-conditioned.
According to Environment Canada, the hazy conditions will continue this evening, with widespread smoke making its way through Calgary.
The smoke will remain into Wednesday morning, but it will clear by the evening.