— Global Edmonton (@GlobalEdmonton) May 19, 2016
Air quality in Edmonton could get as poor as nine on the 10-point scale Thursday night, according to Environment Canada. Alberta Health Services has issued a precautionary air quality advisory for the Edmonton zone. People with cardiac or respiratory conditions should limit their outdoor activity until it’s lifted, according to AHS.
People are also seeing smoke northwest of Edmonton, and Lac La Biche Fire Chief John Kokotilo says it could stick around a while.
“I’m thinking that it’s supposed to be with us for the next couple of days, and then it’s going to be changing,” he says. “We’re also I think, getting a chance of some rain–a little bit of rain, not much–but cooler temperatures.”
As for the source of the smoke, Kokotilo says it’s coming from fires crews already know about.
“The smoke is coming from the north,” he says, “and it is from the Fort McMurray fire, and there’s also a fire that is being fought six kilometres due west of Janvier.”
Meanwhile, the Parkland County Facebook page says smoke from the Fox Creek/Whitecourt fires could be adding to the problem. (ms)
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