Smoke from Saskatchewan wildfires continues to affect air quality

Smoke in Watrous from the wildfires in northern Saskatchewan.
The air quality health index has improved in Saskatchewan but smoke from wildfires continues to blanket the province. Cody James Stranger / Viewer Submitted

SASKATOON – Smoke from wildfires continues to blanket Saskatchewan but the air quality health index has improved. While air quality remains poor, it is no longer in the very high risk range.

Environment Canada says the smoke from the wildfires is expected to persist over the next couple of days with little to no rain in the forecast.

Winds remain from the northwest, but may shift slightly more to the west later today, which may improve conditions.

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The current index rates Saskatoon, Regina and Swift Current at a moderate risk. At that quality level, at-risk people should consider reducing or rescheduling strenuous outdoor activities.

The air quality index is expected to move into the high risk range as the day progresses.

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Prince Albert is rated at a low risk and is expected to rise into the moderate range later today before moving into the high risk range Wednesday night.