Wildfire smoke sparks special air quality statement from Environment Canada

Aug 7 2018, 9:27 pm

It was bound to happen eventually.

The warm summer has caused forest fires to ignite throughout BC and Alberta, leaving smoky skies to drift over the City of Calgary.

Environment Canada recently issued a special air quality statement for the city as of 3:21 pm Tuesday, warning residents of poor air quality and reduced visibility.

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“During a wildfire, smoke conditions can change quickly over short distances and can vary considerably hour-by-hour,” the statement warns.

Those exposed to the smoke may experience coughing, throat irritation, headaches, or shortness of breath, and anyone with pre-existing medical conditions (especially cardiovascular or lung disease) are especially at risk.

It is recommended to stay inside at a cool, well-ventilated place, and to consider going to a shopping centre, library, rec centre, or another air-conditioned place if your home does not have AC, as there is also a heat warning in place for Calgary.

Alberta had 10 active wildfires burning as of 10 am Tuesday, all of which are under control, according to the most recent Alberta Wildfire Situation Report.