July 3, 2013 11:29 am
Updated: July 3, 2013 11:51 am

Forest fires cause smog advisory for GTA

The GTA and parts of eastern Ontario are under a smog advisory.

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TORONTO – Smoke from fires in Quebec have caused Environment Canada and the Ontario Ministry of the Environment to issue a smog advisory for the GTA and eastern Ontario.

Toronto, Hamilton, Halton, Peel, York and Durham are all under the advisory, which extends to Ottawa and Cornwall, north to Bancroft.

The particulate matter from the fires is expected to raise the air quality index to “poor” and may cause eye irritation or coughing. Those with respiratory symptoms may feel worse.

Environment Canada is encouraging people to “spare the air” by taking public transit or car pooling.

Later on Wednesday, a south to southwest wind is expected to move the smoke further south.

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