Air quality wavers in Edmonton area as BC fires rage on

Bruno Cirelli
Luglio 17, 2017

Smoke from forest fires in Banff and Kootenay national parks and central British Columbia is causing air quality problems in Calgary and other cities and towns in southwestern Alberta.

Air Quality is expected to improve in Calgary, starting from the north, on Monday but levels may remain higher in areas closer to the Foothills. That happened in the Edmonton region earlier in the week.

Environment Canada has the air quality now listed at 3 or low risk, but says it could get much worse on Monday. Visit www.airhealth.ca for information on how to reduce your health risk and your personal contribution to pollution levels, as well as for current and forecast AQHI values.

According to Alberta Environment and Parks, as of 10 p.m. Sunday Calgary was a "4-Moderate Risk", and was forecast to hit "7-High Risk" overnight.

Residents are advised to be aware of air conditions and take precautions against potential health concerns connected to the smoky air conditions.

People may experience increased coughing, throat irritation, headaches or shortness of breath, the statement advises.

Individuals with respiratory conditions (such as COPD and asthma), and individuals with existing cardiovascular conditions (such as angina, previous heart attack and congestive heart failure), may notice a worsening of symptoms in smoky air conditions.

Air quality can and will vary with weather conditions and prevailing winds.

If you notice symptoms you should contact Health Link which is open 24/7 and toll free at 8-1-1.

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