Special air quality statement ended, wildfire smoke lingers in Calgary

CALGARY – A special air quality statement issued by Environment Canada has ended but smoke from wildfires is lingering, leaving a haze over the city.

The smoke has been blown into Calgary on and off over the past few weeks and wildfires in B.C., Washington State, and Montana continue to burn.

Environment Canada has warned that the smoke is causing poor air quality and reduced visibility.


Air quality and visibility can fluctuate through the day, according to Environment Canada, and may be different depending on where you are in the city.

It also warns that the smoke may cause coughing, throat irritation, headaches or shortness of breath.

“People with lung diseases, such as asthma and COPD, can be particularly sensitive to air pollution. They will generally experience more serious health effects at lower levels. Pollution can aggravate their diseases, leading to increased medication use, doctor and emergency room visits, and hospital visits,” read the now-removed alert.


“Children, seniors, and those with cardiovascular or lung disease, such as asthma, are especially at risk.”

Environment Canada recommends taking extra precautions to reduce your exposure, like staying indoors with windows closed and avoiding outdoor activities for the time being.

The smoke could stick around for another day or so before Calgary gets another break.

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