Smoke from forest fires in British Columbia has started to plume over southern Manitoba triggering a special air quality statement from Environment Canada.

The weather agency issued a statement Monday afternoon for the City of Brandon along with eight other communities in the southwestern part of the province.

CBC meteorologist John Sauder said residents will likely notice a hazy sunset triggered by the smoke.

"People should expect to smell it."

Coughing, throat irritation possible 

Environment Canada said people exposed to the smoke might experience symptoms such as increased coughing, throat irritation, headaches or shortness of breath.

Sauder said the smoke might irritate eyes and those who have asthma may deal with breathing issues. In Winnipeg, residents will see a hazy sky, but the smoke will stay above the surface, Sauder said, adding people here won't smell smoke.

He added the sky will make for great photos. Sauder said conditions will improve on Tuesday as the northwesterly flow develops and pushes the smoke to the south.

The smoke from B.C. is expected to continue to make its way through the prairies in the coming days and will vary depending on weather conditions, Sauder said.