Grande Prairie and area is under a special air quality statement.
Smoke from forest fires in B.C. has moved into west-central Alberta this morning resulting in poor air quality and reduced visibility.
Areas affected include Grande Prairie, Beaverlodge, Hythe, Demmit, Wembley, Sexsmith, La Glace, Greenview, DeBolt, Little Smoky, Sturgeon Lake, Valleyview O’Brien Provincial Park, Big Mountain Creek and Wapiti.
The smoke is expected to clear out by this evening.
Individuals may experience symptoms such as increased coughing, throat irritation, headaches or shortness of breath.
Children, seniors and those with cardiovascular or lung disease, such as asthma, are especially at risk.
Keep doors and windows closed to keep out smoke, but be sure your house does not get too warm to avoid other illness, and reduce physical activity and time outdoors to limit exposure to smoke.
For more information on how to reduce your health risk and to check our current Air Quality Health Index, visit airhealth.ca.