MEDICINE HAT, ALTA- Residents of southwestern Alberta should expect continued smoke in the coming days.
Enviroment Canada has updated their smoke advisory, stating that the wildfires burning in Waterton Lakes National Park continue to produce widespread smoke and poor air quality over southern areas of the province, especially near the park boundaries.
“With winds out of the north, conditions have improved for areas over the extreme southeast of Alberta,” reads the advisory.
“However, very poor air quality is expected to return this afternoon for southeastern Alberta before conditions are expected to improve again overnight tonight. Very poor visibilities and air quality will continue in regions close to Waterton Park and the Kenow wildfire. The situation continues to be closely monitored.”
They advise that individuals may still experience increased coughing, irritation of the throat, headaches, and shortness of breath, due to the smoke.
“Children, seniors, and those with cardiovascular or lung disease, such as asthma, are especially at risk,” reads the statement.
“If your home is not air-conditioned, be sure the house doesn't get too warm when doors and windows are closed to keep out smoke. Exposure to too much heat can also result in illness.”
Residents are advised to stay inside if they have any breathing difficulties, and find an indoor place that is cool and ventilated.
“Using an air conditioner that cools and filters air may help,” read the statement.
“If you open the windows you may let in more polluted air. If your home isn't air-conditioned, consider going to a public place (library, shopping mall, recreation centre) that is air-conditioned.”
The following areas are affected by the advisory.
City of Medicine Hat
Co. of Forty Mile near Bow Island and Whitla
Co. of Newell near Patricia
Co. of Newell near Tilley and Rolling Hills
Cypress Co. near Bowell and Redcliff
Cypress Co. near Bowmanton Schuler and Hilda
Cypress Co. near CFB Suffield
Cypress Co. near Dunmore and Woolchester
Cypress Co. near Irvine and Walsh
Cypress Co. near McNeill and Sandy Point District Park
Cypress Co. near Seven Persons
Cypress Co. near Suffield and Hwy 879
Cypress Co. near Tide Lake
S.A. 2 near Bindloss Empress and Social Plains
S.A. 2 near Buffalo and Cavendish
S.A. 2 near Iddesleigh and Dinosaur Prov. Park
S.A. 2 near Jenner and Atlee
City of Lethbridge
Co. of Forty Mile near Skiff
Co. of Lethbridge near Coaldale
Co. of Lethbridge near Coalhurst Nobleford and Barons
Co. of Lethbridge near Picture Butte and Turin
Co. of Warner near Milk River and Coutts
Co. of Warner near Raymond Stirling and New Dayton
Co. of Warner near Warner
Co. of Warner near Wrentham
Co. of Warner near Writing-On-Stone Prov. Park
M.D. of Taber near Grassy Lake and Hwys 877 and 513
M.D. of Taber near Taber and Barnwell
M.D. of Taber near Vauxhall and Hays
Co. of Forty Mile near Aden and Kennedy Coulee
Co. of Forty Mile near Etzikom and Maleb
Co. of Forty Mile near Foremost
Co. of Forty Mile near Orion and Manyberries
Cypress Co. near Cypress Hills Prov. Park and Cressday
Cypress Co. near Onefour and Wild Horse
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