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Air quality becoming concern as wildfires continue to burn

By Caitlin Snow May 30, 2023 | 1:01 PM

Kyle Evans / CC

As the wildfires continue to burn out of control, air quality has become a big concern.

Environment Canada has issued a warning for the Tantallon area and RCMP said earlier there was reduced visibility, due to smoke, on the 103 near exit 5.

Deputy Chief Dave Meldrum said there’s been an increase of calls to EHS of respiratory issues in the affected areas all the way through to Dunbrack St in Halifax.

“When going outdoors the use of an appropriate respirator or mask is very good advice, an N95 respirator is a great thing for folks to consider at this time,” Meldrum said, especially for those with respiratory issues.

Meldrum adds in the morning cold air will hold the smoke down, but as the air warms, the smoke will rise through the day. Where the wind goes, the smoke will carry, which can be many kilometer’s away.

Roughly 200 homes have been damaged or destroyed so far with over 16,000 evacuated.


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