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Alerts for: Portage la Prairie - Headingley - Brunkild - Carman

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10:46 PM CDT Friday 30 July 2021
Special air quality statement in effect for:

  • R.M. of Cartier incl. Elie St. Eustache and Springstein
  • R.M. of Dufferin incl. Carman Roseisle and Homewood
  • R.M. of Grey incl. St. Claude Elm Creek and Fannystelle
  • R.M. of Headingley
  • R.M. of Macdonald incl. Brunkild Starbuck and La Salle
  • R.M. of Portage la Prairie incl. St. Ambroise
  • R.M. of St. François Xavier

Forest fires spread across central and eastern Manitoba as well as fires in central Saskatchewan are sending smoke into central and southern Manitoba causing poor air quality for many areas of central and southeastern Manitoba.

A ridge of high pressure will bring light winds and stagnant conditions to the province for the next few days. Poor air quality from the smoke will ebb and flow this weekend as conditions slowly change.

These plumes of smoke are reducing visibilities and producing very poor air quality, especially areas near and immediately downwind of the fires. Many areas will see variable amounts of smoke over the coming days, but persistently poor conditions will stay in place through much of the weekend near the fires east of Lake Winnipeg southwards through the Whiteshell.

Due to the smoky conditions, individuals living in or travelling to the above noted areas are advised to be aware of potential health concerns that can be associated with current air conditions. In these current conditions, even healthy individuals may experience sore eyes, tears, coughing and a runny nose.

In areas affected by smoke from wildland fires, Manitobans are encouraged to:
- limit outdoor activity and/or strenuous physical activity; if breathing becomes difficult or uncomfortable, stop or reduce the activity
- reduce exposure to smoke by staying indoors or moving to areas with cleaner air, as conditions can vary dramatically by area
- turn off furnaces and air-conditioning units that may draw smoke indoors
- keep indoor air cleaner by avoiding smoking or burning other materials

People at higher risk include young children, the elderly, pregnant women and people with heart or lung conditions (particularly asthma), and therefore should avoid as much exposure to smoke as possible.

Manitobans with health questions or concerns can contact their health-care provider or call Health Links - Info Santé at 204-788-8200 or toll-free at 1-888-315-9257. More information on the health effects of smoke is available at www.gov.mb.ca/health/publichealth/environmentalhealth/smoke.html.

If you or those in your care are exposed to wildfire smoke, consider taking extra precautions to reduce your exposure. Wildfire smoke is a constantly-changing mixture of particles and gases which includes many chemicals that can harm your health. For more details, please consult www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change/services/air-quality-health-index/wildfire-smoke.html.

Visit www.airhealth.ca for information on how to reduce your health risk and your personal contribution to pollution levels, as well as for current and forecast AQHI values.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada.

Issued by Environment Canada and Manitoba Health

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