The Peace Airshed Zone says it is monitoring what it calls “fine particulate matter” with the smoke coming in from B.C.
That is the stuff in wildfire smoke that leads to respiratory and other problems.
Executive Director Elizabeth Bell says most readings they are recording are in the moderate range.
“We’re kind of catching the edge of the plume of smoke that’s coming across Alberta. So, we are, in the northern region, we’re catching just the edge of that Higher concentrations are being found more in Central Alberta.”
Bell says there have been higher readings recorded in the Peace in previous years.
“If we compare to what we saw about four years ago I believe, the readings were much higher at that time. We were in the high-risk range, where right now, we are in a moderate range.”
The Association has monitoring stations in Grande Prairie, Beaverlodge and Rycroft. It also posts hourly updates to the Air Quality Health Index on its web site.
Bell says anyone having health issues from the smoke can get more information from Health Link by dialing 811.