August 23, 2018 8:02 am
Updated: August 24, 2018 10:20 am

Smoke from B.C. wildfires impacting parts of Saskatchewan

Smoke from B.C. wildfires is impacting parts of Saskatchewan on Thursday, including Saskatoon, causing poor air quality.

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UPDATE: The air quality statement mentioned in this story has ended

Special air quality statements are in place for parts of Saskatchewan, including Saskatoon, due to smoke from the B.C. wildfires.

Environment Canada said smoke has spread to west central parts of the province, causing poor air quality.

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A cold front is pushing in from the northeast, which is expected to improve conditions in the Prince Albert and Meadow Lake regions Thursday morning.

Conditions should improve in Saskatoon during the afternoon, and areas near the Alberta boundary will see improvements into the evening.

Hazy skies will continue further east and south, but most of the smoke should remain aloft.

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People may experience symptoms such as increased coughing, throat irritation, headaches or shortness of breath.

Children, seniors, and those with cardiovascular or lung disease, such as asthma, are especially at risk from the poor air quality.

People experiencing breathing difficulties should stay indoors and find a place that is cool and ventilated.

For advice on health risks, symptoms or precautions associated with smoke, contact the Saskatchewan HealthLine at 811.

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