Air quality risks with wildfires (Alberta Airsheds Council media release)

June 16, 2017

Edmonton, Alberta – Alberta and Western Canada are now into the wildfire season and both Alberta and BC are currently experiencing wildfires. Wildfires can have a significant impact on the quality of the air we breathe. Air quality is monitored and reported in over 30 communities in Alberta.

Alberta’s Airsheds monitor and analyze air quality data and also provide the data to calculate the Air Quality Health Index (AQHI). Using the AQHI can help you understand what the quality of the air around you means to your health.

To know the AQHI in your community, visit: To protect yourself, limit exposure by adjusting your activity during episodes of increased air pollution (high AQHI) and save those more strenuous physical and outdoor activities for days when the index is lower. To better understand the AQHI and the actions to take visit:

Airsheds are not-for-profit, consensus-based, regional multi-stakeholder organizations. They facilitate the development of regional and community strategies on initiatives to improve air quality, including public outreach and education. Alberta Airsheds Council is a partnership of Alberta’s Airsheds and provides leadership in support of healthy air quality for Albertan’s and the environment.

For links to Alberta’s Airsheds and air quality information visit:

Karla Reesor
Executive Director