Out of province smoke affecting Alberta air

Morinville’s 100 Ave. paints a murky noontime picture Aug. 19. Smoke from B.C. forest fires has been drifting into the province, causing unpleasant breathing.

By MorinvilleNews.com Staff

Sturgeon County – Smoke from forest fires in British Columbia is causing murky skies in the region as well as potential health risks.

Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. André Corriveau is strongly advising those with bronchitis or emphysema to remain indoors because smoke and fine particulate matter in the air can be absorbed deep into the lungs where it can aggravate existing health conditions. People with respiratory conditions, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma and those with cardiovascular conditions, including angina, previous heart attack and congestive heart conditions are asked to keep their windows closed and take any preventative measures recommended their physicians have previously recommended.

But the doctor advises healthir Albertans to take caution also.

“Healthy people should also avoid strenuous physical activity outdoors while the local air quality is bad,” Corriveau said. “Anyone who experiences difficulty breathing should consult their physician.”

The bluesky website, a joint venture between B.C. and Alberta forecasts that the smoke will continue to affect air quality in the province until at least Sunday.

Current and future forecasts can be viewed online at www.bcairquality.com/bluesky.

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