Canada Air quality advisory in effect for parts of southwestern Alberta

15:11  02 august  2018
15:11  02 august  2018 Source:   globalnews.ca

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Smoke from the growing Kenow Mountain wildfire that continues to move closer to Waterton, Alta. has prompted Environment Canada to issue a new air quality statement for parts of southern Alberta on Sunday afternoon. As of 4 p.m., the statement was in effect for several areas in and around Waterton

Several areas in western Alberta were also issued an air quality advisory . “Smoke from forest fires in British Columbia, northwestern parts of the United States, as well as from a fire within Waterton Park continue to impact Alberta causing poor air quality ,” the weather agency said on its website.

a view of a mountain: A special air quality statement was issued for Banff National Park, among other southern Alberta areas, on Wednesday evening. © Google Street View A special air quality statement was issued for Banff National Park, among other southern Alberta areas, on Wednesday evening.

Air quality warnings were issued for southwestern Alberta Wednesday evening due to smoky skies.

Banff National Park, Clearwater County, Kananaskis Improvement District and Municipal District of Bighorn were all affected as of 5:13 p.m.

Specific areas include:

Banff

Lake Louise

Saskatchewan River Crossing

Siffleur Wilderness Area

Highwood House

Kananaskis Village

Canmore Exshaw

Ghost Lake

Ghost River Wilderness

Environment Canada released a statement explaining that elevated pollution levels are expected and wildfire smoke is causing poor air quality and reduced visibility.

"During a wildfire, smoke conditions can change quickly over short distances and can vary considerably hour-by-hour," read the statement.

The agency advised people with breathing difficulties to stay inside.

For a complete and up-to-date list of areas under the advisory, check the Air Quality Health Index.

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