If you are in Sherwood Park or Strathcona county and notice that the air is thick with smoke you are not alone. It looks like there is an Air advisory in effect. I have provided below some info on the advisory to assist anyone who may have concerns.
Smoke from the wildfires in British Columbia blowing into the Alberta has caused various government agencies to issue an air quality advisory.
Although the advisory has been issued, Strathcona County Emergency Services deputy fire chief Ken Jones said the wildfire-related smoke has not caused local medical issues so far.
On Thursday, yellow smoke hung heavy in the humid air while Alberta Environment, Alberta Health and Wellness and Alberta Health Services issued air quality advisories.
"I strongly advise people with asthma, bronchitis or emphysema to remain indoors, keep their windows closed and take any preventative measures their physicians have previously recommended," said Dr. André Corriveau, Alberta's chief medical officer of health.
"Healthy people should also avoid strenuous physical activity outdoors while the local air quality is bad. Anyone who experiences difficulty breathing should consult their physician."
According to a government press release, people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and asthma, cardiovascular conditions such as angina, or previous heart attack and congestive heart failure should stay indoors as smoke and particulate matter can be absorbed into the lungs.
Forecasting predicts the smoke may linger in the air until Sunday.
Current air quality and the Air Quality Index (AQI) can be accessed at Alberta Environment's website at www.environment.alberta.ca/index.html, by clicking on Current Air Quality (Quick Links) or by calling 1-877-247-7333.
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).