Saskatoon – Environment Canada issued a Special Air Quality Statement for parts of central and western Saskatchewan including the City of Saskatoon Friday afternoon for widespread smoke producing reduced visibilities and moderate air quality values that pose a moderate health risk.
If you were outside during the day Friday, you may have noticed a thick haze over Saskatoon and parts of west-central Saskatchewan.
Smoke from hundreds of forest fires burning in the Northwest Territories and British Columbia is giving moderate air quality values of 4 to 5 due to high values of particulate matter in the air.
Children, the elderly and those with respiratory, heart or breathing problems should consider reducing or rescheduling strenuous activities if experiencing symptoms such as coughing or throat irritation.
People in good health should also consider reducing strenuous activities outdoors if experiencing symptoms.
The smoke is forecast to become less dense and start clearing out of the area Saturday with weather pattern changes and as rain returns to the forecast.
Special Air Quality Statement for:
- City of Saskatoon
- Martensville – Warman – Rosthern – Delisle – Wakaw
- Prince Albert – Shellbrook – Spiritwood – Duck Lake
- Humboldt – Wynyard – Wadena – Lanigan – Foam Lake
- Meadow Lake – Big River – Green Lake – Pierceland
- Île à la Crosse – Buffalo Narrows – Beauval
- The Battlefords – Unity – Maidstone – St. Walburg