Air quality statement issued for Manitoba due to wildfire smoke

By CityNews Staff

A special air quality statement has been issued for the City of Winnipeg and most of Manitoba due to wildfire smoke.

Environment Canada says the smoke is coming from fires in the northern Prairies and Northwest Territories.

A good portion of southern Manitoba can expect varying amounts of smoke through Wednesday. However, Environment Canada says northern parts of the province can expect widespread smoke.

As of Thursday morning, northern Manitoba can expect an improvement in conditions, whereas southern parts of the province likely won’t see improvements until Thursday evening.

People with respiratory conditions, the elderly, and young children should take caution.

For those who work outdoors, respirator-type masks are recommended, and staying well hydrated can also help the body cope with smoke.

The air quality health index forecasts high risk levels between seven to nine into Thursday evening.

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