Haze over Cochrane has prompted Environment Canada to issue a Special Air Quality Statement for our area.
This is from smoke from a forest fire in northern British Columbia that has moved into portions of northern and central Alberta.
This has caused poor air quality and reduced visibility.
The air quality and visibility can fluctuate over short distances and it can vary every hour.
According to Environment Canada, individuals may experience symptoms such as increased coughing, throat irritation, headaches or shortness of breath. Children, seniors, and those with cardiovascular or lung diseases are especially at risk. People with lung diseases, such as asthma and COPD, can be particularly sensitive to air pollution. They will generally experience more serious health effects at lower levels. Pollution can aggravate their diseases, leading to increased medication use, doctor and emergency room visits, and hospital visits.
Also included in the statement is:
- Mountain View Co. near Carstairs and Stirlingville
- Mountain View Co. near Cremona and Water Valley
- Mountain View Co. near Olds and Didsbury
- Mountain View Co. near Sundre
- Rocky View Co. near Airdrie and Crossfield
- Rocky View Co. near Bottrel and Madden