Smoke from Wildfires descends on area

Smoke from Wildfires descends on area

Missoula City-County Air Quality Specialist Ben Schmidt says the smoke started infiltrating Montana's airshed Wednesday evening.

Air quality in Seattle was listed as moderate Friday morning.

As of Thursday morning, Alberta Wildfire reported 29 wildfires in the province and 10 were considered to be out control.

Environment Canada issued a special air-quality statement for the Alberta capital region, warning that people might experience coughing, throat irritation, headaches or shortness of breath. Children, seniors, and those with cardiovascular or lung disease, such as asthma, are especially at risk.

Stay inside if you have breathing difficulties.

The Edmonton Eskimos chose to practice indoors on Thursday, while the Edmonton Prospects went ahead with their game. Additionally, those with pre-existing health conditions might notice that their symptoms are aggravated or amplified when Calgary is blanketed with smoke.

High Level saw a continuation of hot, dry, and smoky conditions on Wednesday with winds gusting to 40 km/h. "If you have a heart or lung problem, these small particles can make it worse", said Alberta Health Services in a statement. "The loss of visibility makes it extremely hard to use air supports".

"It's hard to gauge these acute wildfire smoke effects, the impacts of those, and correlating that with other exposure to air pollution that happens in an ongoing way", she explained. An air conditioner that cools and filters air can help, but if your home isn't air-conditioned, consider going to a public place that is air-conditioned, such as a library or a mall.

Meanwhile, projections on the Firesmoke website show smoke from northern Alberta fires gathering over the North Slave from the early hours of Saturday, reaching a peak at around 6pm to 7pm. If you open the windows you may let in more polluted air.

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