July 18, 2014 1:50 pm
Updated: July 18, 2014 1:56 pm

UPDATE: Air quality statement issued for Calgary

CALGARY – A special air quality statement has been issued for Calgary

Environment Canada put out the statement at 12:10 p.m. on Friday.

They warn smoke from forest fires burning in the Northwest Territories, British Columbia and here in Alberta are spreading smoke across the province.

The smoke is causing poor air quality and reducing visibility in many areas.

Officials suggest the air quality statement could remain in place for the next 24-48 hours.

People with respiratory conditions (such as copd and asthma) or existing cardiovascular conditions (such as angina, previous heart attack and congestive heart failure), should monitor their symptoms and consult a physician if they worsen. People are encouraged to reduce or postpone outdoor activities until the special air quality statement is lifted.

Click here to view the current Air Quality Health Index

WATCH: Adam Loria joins Global Calgary to discuss health concerns from wildfire smoke

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