Air quality advisory put in place in Calgary for wildfire smoke

The Edmonton skyline appeared smoky Sunday afternoon as Environment and Parks raised the air quality index briefly to a high risk of 7

Air quality advisory put in place in Calgary for wildfire smoke

Alberta Environment and Parks had ranked Strathcona County and Elk Island air quality levels at a 7 as of 4:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon.

The Air Quality Health Index rating for the Central Okanagan is now a two out of 10, which means it's not a threat to health just yet, but a smoky skies warning has been issued and conditions are expected to deteriorate.

Smoke from wildfires raging in the B.C. Interior and other fires near Banff National Park began making its way into southeastern Alberta early Sunday evening, and Environment Canada has issued special air quality statements for all of southern Alberta and southwestern Saskatchewan.

Officials say the fire has grown but there isn't an up-to-date estimate on the size of the blaze due to the amount of smoke in the area.

Minor smoke doesn't usually cause health concerns but, if conditions become more severe people may experience temporary irritation of eyes and throat and possibly shortness of breath. This bulletin will remain in effect until further notice.

Children, seniors and those with breathing problems or heart conditions are especially at risk.

In the South Okanagan the air quality is rated as three out of 100 (low risk) and is forecasted to move to a four out of 10 (moderate risk) on Monday and into Tuesday morning.

Those agencies are telling people to limit physical activity outside, stay indoors with the windows closed, and, if you're driving, run the fan on recirculate. The best place to be is in an indoor space that's cool and ventilated.

Health Canada offers a quantitative value on a scale of one to 10+ based on that potential risk.

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