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Smoke in Sioux Lookout on August 15, 2023 (Listener submitted photo)

Smoke advisory for Northwest

By Adam Riley Aug 16, 2023 | 12:09 PM

Environment Canada has issued an air quality statement as a result of the forest fires burning in Northern Alberta and the Northwest Territories.

The smoke from those fires will bring high levels of air pollution creating poor air quality.

Smoke from some of the forest fires in the region will also contribute to the issue.

However the closer you get to the Minnesota border conditions are expected to improve overnight.

If you are an older adult, a child, pregnant or have respiratory issues or are working outside there is a greater risk of experiencing health effects caused by wildfire smoke.

Officials with Environment Canada have a few suggestions on how to handle the issue.

  • People respond differently to smoke, mild irritation and discomfort and common symptoms and will disappear when the smoke clears.
  • Drinking water can help your body cope with smoke.
  • If breathing becomes uncomfortable or you or someone in your care feels unwell seek medical assistance.
  • Homes or offices equipped with ah HVAC system use the highest rated MERV filter for the system and set the fan to recirculate air constantly.
  • You can also use HEPA air cleaners to assist.
  • Keeping doors and windows closed if the temperature inside is comfortable.
  • If you must spend time outdoors wear a well-fitted respirator type mask (such as a certified N95 or equivalent respirator) that will not allow air to pass through small openings.
  • Reduce sources of air pollution by avoiding smoking or vaping indoors, burning candles or incense, frying food, using woodstoves and vacuuming.




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