Alerts for: Ft. Providence Region including Kakisa - Chan Lake

Statements

8:08 AM MDT Thursday 31 July 2014
Special air quality statement in effect for:

  • Ft. Providence Region including Kakisa - Chan Lake

Forest fire smoke will create a health risk.

A large area of forest fires continues to burn around Great Slave Lake with recent satellite imagery showing the thickest smoke to the north of the lake.

West to northwest winds are bringing very high concentrations of smoke to communities around Great Slave Lake. Winds are expected to remain from the north until Friday morning, when winds will switch to southerly. This will help to improve air quality for the communities south of the lake on Friday.

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. If you, or someone in your care, develop symptoms, reduce strenuous outdoors activities where ever possible until the air quality improves.

Issued jointly by Environment Canada and the Northwest Territories departments of environment and natural resources and health and social services

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