Special air quality statements related to wildfires are in place for Calgary and most of Alberta – .

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Special air quality statements related to wildfires are in place for Calgary and most of Alberta – .


CALGARY – Western Canada is blanketed in a thick layer of forest fire smoke reducing visibility and causing special air quality statements.

According to the Air Quality Health Index, Calgary’s air quality is rated at eight Monday morning, which, on a scale of one to 10+, is considered high risk.

Heavy smoke in the air can make respiratory health problems worse for people with respiratory health problems.

Wildfires are raging in British Columbia and here in Alberta firefighters continue to extinguish wildfire hotspots near Dead Man’s Flats on the south side of the Trans-Canada Highway near Canmore.

The blaze near Canmore is currently being held and is considered to be under control, but the blaze contributed to heavy smoke over the weekend as it ignited on Friday night.

The BC Wildfire Service reports that there are approximately 270 active wildfires burning in this province.

According to Environment Canada, smoke pollution can cause increased coughing, throat irritation, headaches or shortness of breath.

Smoke consists of a mixture of chemical particles and gases in the air which is considered harmful and people are advised to limit their time outdoors.

Air quality in southern Alberta is expected to improve by Tuesday evening.

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