Wildfire season has started in Canada and it's been detrimental to several communities. Thousands of people have had to evacuate their homes and some houses have even been destroyed by the fires. The wildfires affect areas more than just the regions that they are active in – the smoke has caused air quality to worsen in several provinces. The Alberta wildfires have prompted air quality warnings from Environment Canada.
Environment Canada, which is under the Government of Canada, has issued air quality advisories in several provinces today on Friday due to wildfires – including Ontario, Alberta and BC.
It's the worst in Alberta, which is currently home to several active wildfires. Almost all of Alberta is under the air quality warning, including cities like Calgary and Edmonton. "Smoke from wildfires in northern Alberta is causing poor air quality and reducing visibility over much of the province," reads the advisory.
The air quality warning is also effective for parts of Ontario. "High levels of air pollution are possible today due to smoke from forest fires," reads the warning.
"Individuals 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."
People in the affected areas are recommended to stay indoors, according to The Weather Network. "Stay inside if you have breathing difficulties. Find an indoor place that's cool and ventilated. Using an air conditioner that cools and filters air may help," recommends Environment Canada in their advisory.
"If you open the windows you may let in more polluted air. If your home isn't air-conditioned, consider going to a public place (library, shopping mall, recreation centre) that is air-conditioned."
Today on Friday, May 31 in Alberta, there are nine wildfires that are categorized as "out of control" and 29 active wildfires in total, according to Alberta Wildfire.
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