Environment Canada has issued a special air quality statement for the Town of Stony Plain and surrounding areas. Smoke from multiple wildfires in northern Alberta are causing poor air quality and reducing visibility in some regions.

“Currently, there are no active fires in or around Stony Plain. However, air quality is expected to range from moderate to high risk for the next several days,” says Fire Chief Trevor Mistal.

The Alberta Health Services air quality page states; people may experience increased coughing, throat irritation, headaches or shortness of breath. Anyone with respiratory issues, children, seniors and those with cardiovascular disease need to take extra caution. AHS is advising to stay indoors and avoid strenuous outdoor activity. Stay inside if you have breathing difficulties and do not open your windows, as you may let in polluted air. Using an air conditioner may help filter pollution and keep your house cool. If your home does not have an air conditioner, consider going to a public place that is properly air-conditioned. Phone Health Link Alberta at 811 if you have any questions or concerns.

According to the Environment Canada statement, the smoke is expected to move back north by Friday as winds shift.

Watch Environment Canada’s website for all weather warnings, watches and special weather statements. They can also be found in the “all notifications” section of the Town home page website banner.