Smoke from wildfires in British Columbia is causing poor air quality and reducing visibility for our region. 

A special air quality statement has been issued. 

The smoke concentrations can fluctuate hourly considerably, and it is expected to move into parts of southern and south-central Alberta on Friday afternoon. 

Residents are being reminded to reduce exposure to the smoke. 

"People with lung disease (such as asthma) or heart disease, older adults, children, pregnant people, and people who work outdoors are at higher risk of experiencing health effects caused by wildfire smoke."

"Stop outdoor activities and contact your health care provider if you or someone in your care experiences shortness of breath, wheezing (including asthma attacks), severe cough, dizziness or chest pains. Stay inside if you are feeling unwell and experiencing symptoms." According to Environment and Climate Change Canada. 

The special air quality statement is in effect for Airdrie, Cochrane, Olds and Sundre. 

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