Wildfire smoke prompts Environment Canada to issue air quality warnings for much of Alberta

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'Air quality and visibility due to wildfire smoke can fluctuate over short distances and can vary considerably from hour to hour,' Environment Canada said in its air quality advisory Sunday morning. (Dominika Lirette/CBC - image credit)
'Air quality and visibility due to wildfire smoke can fluctuate over short distances and can vary considerably from hour to hour,' Environment Canada said in its air quality advisory Sunday morning. (Dominika Lirette/CBC - image credit)

Environment Canada issued special air quality statements for most of Alberta on Sunday morning and Edmonton by the afternoon.

The weather agency said smoke from wildfires is causing poor air quality and reduced visibility.

According to the B.C. Wildfire Service, as of Sunday morning there are more than 190 active wildfires in B.C. with more than 60 burning in the southeast fire centre.

Alberta is reporting 49 active wildfires in the province Sunday morning.

The areas impacted include:

  • Calgary

  • Edmonton

  • Airdrie

  • Banff National Park

  • Brooks

  • Cardston

  • Cold Lake

  • Crowsnest Pass

  • Drumheller

  • Waterton Lakes National Park

  • Cypress Hills Provincial Park

  • Drayton Valley

  • Drumheller

  • Edson

  • Fort Saskatchewan

  • Grande Prairie

  • Hanna

  • Hinton

  • Grand Cache

  • Jasper National Park

  • Kananaskis

  • Leduc

  • Lethbridge

  • Medicine Hat

  • Nordegg

  • Okotoks

  • Peace River

  • Red Deer

  • Rocky Mountain House

Wildfire crews continue to try and extinguish a large wildfire in Jasper National Park.

"Air quality and visibility due to wildfire smoke can fluctuate over short distances and can vary considerably from hour to hour," Environment Canada said in its air quality advisory.

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

Children, seniors and those with cardiovascular or lung disease are considered to be especially at risk.

Health information on air quality can be found here.

Alberta Wildfire has placed most of Alberta under fireban advisories, restrictions or bans.