May 31, 2012

The following message was posted on the Wood Buffalo Air Information Line (1-866-685-3699) at 10am on Friday, June 1st:

As of 10am this morning, wildfire smoke is blowing into the community of Fort Chipewyan causing elevated levels of Particulate Matter. Winds from the south west are bringing smoke into the community from a wildfire burning in Wood Buffalo National Park.

The wildfire burning in Wood Buffalo National Park is approximately 10,000 – 18,000 hectares, and Alberta Sustainable Resource Development is actively assessing and constantly monitoring the fire at this time.

For more information, please contact the Fire Information Officer at 1-867-872-0107, or visit the Parks Canada website at www.pc.gc.ca.

The Air Quality Health Index in the Fort Chipewyan area is currently showing a reading of more than 10 – which is Very High Risk.

At risk people, such as those with heart disease or lung disease, should avoid strenuous activities outdoors. Children and the elderly should also avoid outdoor physical exertion.

The general population should reduce or reschedule strenuous activities outdoors, especially if you experience symptoms such as coughing and throat irritation.

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).

For more information, and to view the Air Quality Health Index which is updated every hour, 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 – May 31, 2012