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Wildfire smoke update - 5:30pm, June 3, 2012

The following message was posted on the Wood Buffalo Air Information Line (1-866-685-3699) at 5:30pm, Sunday, June 3rd:

This message is from the Wood Buffalo Environmental Association at 5:30pm, on Sunday, June 3rd.

As of 5:30pm this evening, the areas of Fort McKay and Fort McMurray are experiencing elevated levels of particulate matter due to wildfire smoke blowing into the region.

The Air Quality Health Index in the community of Fort McKay, and in the Fort McKay South area, is currently showing a reading of 5 – which is Moderate Risk. The Air Quality Health Index for Fort McMurray is at 4 – which is also Moderate Risk.

The General Population does not need to modify usual 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 are experiencing symptoms.

For more information on wildfires, please contact the local Fire Information Officer at 780-799-9253, or visit the Parks Canada website at www.pc.gc.ca.

To view the Air Quality Health Index which is updated every hour, and to view daily updates from

Environment and Sustainable Resource Development, please log on to www.wbea.com.

This information line will be updated as the wildfire situation continues. Please check back for further updates.

Click to view: Environment & Sustainable Resource Development Wildfire Danger Update - June 3, 2012