Calgary area under air quality warning due to B.C. wildfires
Posted: Aug 21, 2012 9:11 PM MT
Last Updated: Aug 21, 2012 9:56 PM MT
Alberta Environment says wildfires in southeast B.C. have pushed the air quality risk to 'moderate' for areas around Calgary.
That could affect some people with certain health conditions.
Ogho Ikhalo with Alberta Environment says their system indicates things will likely get worse.
“The smoke is expected to pick up in the next 48 hours before [air quality] readings return to low level risk, which is around the more normal risk that Albertans are used to and have come to expect.”
Ikhalo says they're monitoring air quality 24/7 and share that information with Alberta Health and Wellness, who is responsible for determining if an air quality health advisory is needed.
“We are also encouraging affected resident to take the appropriate precautions for their health and, again, to monitor the situation.”
Ikhalo says you can check the province's website for updates on air quality.
Latest Calgary News Headlines
- Animals rescued from shelter in SPCA probe
- As the Alberta SPCA investigates an animal rescue operation west of Calgary, other shelters are stepping in to care for its displaced animals. more »
- Blood donation ban lifted for some gay, bisexual men
- Health Canada will allow gay men to donate blood if they haven't had sex with a man in the last five years, a change in policy to take effect in the coming weeks. more »
- Danielle Smith slams Redford at Calgary leader's dinner
- Money topped the agenda Tuesday night as the Wildrose Party hosted its Calgary leader's dinner at the BMO Centre. more »
- Graphic anti-abortion leaflet campaign expands
- An anti-abortion group has started distributing graphic postcards in northwest Calgary as part of its campaign to reopen the debate on abortion. more »
Top News Headlines
- Video forensics: How easy would it be to fake a Rob Ford video?
- Two media outlets reported last week that they had seen a cellphone video of Mayor Rob Ford allegedly smoking crack, a claim that has gone global. If a video does surface, how easy would it be to determine its authenticity? CBC News asked video forensic analyst David McKay. more »
- Oklahoma residents begin to return home after deadly tornado
- Rescue workers raced to complete the search for survivors and the dead in the Oklahoma City suburb where a mammoth tornado destroyed countless homes, cleared lots down to bare red earth and claimed 24 lives, including those of nine children. more »
- Xbox One: A closer look
- The design, performance, Kinect camera, controller, requirements and limitations of Microsoft's Xbox One get a critical look. more »
- Boil water advisory in effect across Montreal
- A boil water advisory is in effect for much of Montreal, including all areas south of the Métropolitaine, from LaSalle to Pointe-aux-Trembles and including the borough of Anjou. more »
- Brooks celebrates hockey win with parade
- Mount Norquay gets approval to expand
- Deadly tornadoes can strike Alberta, say experts
- SPCA investigates animal rescue farm near Calgary
- 10 must try food truck street eats
- Ranchers spotting grizzlies in southern Alberta
- Children driven around too much, Canadian report suggests
- Driver too drunk to stand, says mom of toddler killed on patio
- Unlicensed teen ticketed for high-speed drive