July 4, 2013

As of 3pm today, the Fort McKay area is experiencing elevated levels of particulate matter due to wildfire smoke blowing into the region from the North West Territories.

The Air Quality Health Index is currently reading an 8 in the community of Fort McKay, and a 7 in the Fort McKay South area – these numbers are 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.

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.

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/