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More wildfire smoke expected to hit Lakeland by the afternoon

Environment Canada says thick smoke from the B.C Wildfires could cause problems by this afternoon. They’ve released a special air quality statement for the region. The Air Quality Health Index in the Cold Lake Region could reach levels of high risk as well.

The statement is in effect for the following regions:

Co. of St. Paul near Ashmont St. Vincent and St. Lina
Co. of St. Paul near Elk Point and St. Edouard
Co. of St. Paul near Lindbergh and Frog Lake
Co. of St. Paul near St. Paul and Lafond
Improvement District 349 including Cold Lake Air Weapons Range
Lac La Biche Co. near Fork Lake
Lac La Biche Co. near Heart Lake
Lac La Biche Co. near Lac La Biche and Square Lake
Lac La Biche Co. near Lakeland Prov. Park and Rec. Area
Lac La Biche Co. near Plamondon Hylo and Avenir
M.D. of Bonnyville near Beaverdam
M.D. of Bonnyville near Bonnyville Ardmore and Kehewin Res.
M.D. of Bonnyville near Cold Lake and City of Cold Lake
M.D. of Bonnyville near Fishing Lake Smt
M.D. of Bonnyville near Glendon and Moose Lake
M.D. of Bonnyville near La Corey Wolf Lake and Truman
Smoky Lake Co. near Buffalo Lake and Kikino Smts
Smoky Lake Co. near Vilna Saddle Lake and Whitefish Lake

Residents 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.

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Environment Canada says to stay indoors if you have trouble breathing, preferably in a cool and ventilated spot. Having an air conditioner can filter the air some.

You can find more information at the Air Health website

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