An air quality statement has been issued for most of Alberta as wildfire smoke continues to engulf the region.
Environment Canada issued a special air quality statement earlier this week for various parts of the province, including Edmonton, as the Air Quality Health Index will reach a high risk level.
The smoke was expected to last through Friday night, but the weather agency issued another special air quality statement on Saturday.
Only the northern tip of Alberta and the Grand Prairie and Fort Chipewyan regions are not subject to the weather advisory.
Affected areas have been warned that the smoke from the wildfire is deteriorating air quality and reducing visibility. Ratings on the health index range from moderate to very high risk for various sectors.
In Edmonton, the Air Health Quality Index was at 8 a.m. as of 11 a.m., but is expected to rise to 9 after Saturday night. Both are in the ‘high risk’ range of the index.
The wind conditions in the city are expected to remain at least till Sunday.
When the air quality index exceeds 7, Environment Canada suggests reducing or rescheduling strenuous outdoor activities, especially for children and seniors or those experiencing a cough or irritated throat.
Environment Canada said in its statement that Albertans are advised to minimize exposure to smoke, because wildfire smoke is a “perpetually changing” mixture or particulate matter and gas, including chemicals that can harm a person’s health. can harm health.
According to the province’s wildfire map, there are 72 wildfires currently burning in Alberta: 34 are under control, 32 are being prevented and six are out of control.
Meanwhile, southeast Alberta is also under a heat warning and parts of western Alberta received scattered thunderstorms on Saturday.