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Wildfire & Air Quality Update (8am) - July 5, 2013

As of 8am today, the community of Fort McMurray is experiencing elevated levels of particulate matter due to wildfire smoke blowing into the region.

The Air Quality Health Index for Fort McMurray is currently reading a 7 – which is in the High Risk zone.

The ‘General’ population should consider reducing or rescheduling strenuous activities outdoors if you experience symptoms such as coughing and throat irritation.

The ‘At Risk’ population should reduce or reschedule strenuous activities outdoors. Children and the elderly should also take it easy.

The communities of Anzac and Fort McKay are currently experiencing an Air Quality Health Index reading of  4 – which is in the Moderate Risk zone.

For the ‘General’ population, there is no need to modify your outdoor activities unless you experience symptoms such as coughing and throat irritation.

The ‘At Risk’ population should consider reducing or rescheduling strenuous activities outdoors if you experience symptoms such as coughing and throat irritation.

Please click to read: AHS Health Advisory - July 4, 2013

**Please note that the above health advisory was rescinded on July 9th, 2013 at 7pm.**

For more information on wildfires, please contact the local Fire Information Officer at 780-799-9253, or visit the Wildfire Status Map on the Alberta Environment & Sustainable Resource Development website.

For more information on health related effect of wildfire smoke, residents can contact Health Link Alberta to speak to a registered nurse 24 hours a day, seven days a week, toll-free at 1-866-408-LINK (5465).

The BlueSky forecasting feature on the bcairquality.ca website provides an hour-by-hour forecast of smoke from wildfires in Western Canada up to 48 hours in the future.Check it out at: http://www.bcairquality.ca/bluesky/