Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan blanketed by smoke from northern fires

Smoke from northern fires is creating a surreal morning across the province, making cities smell like campgrounds and prompting health warnings from Environment Canada.

Regina, Saskatoon warned of air quality issues

Smoke from northern forest fires is drifting across the city. (Dan Zakreski/CBC)

Smoke from northern wildfires is blanketing much of the province this morning.

It's painting the sky grey and giving a distinctly campground aroma to the air. It's also prompting health warnings from Environment Canada.

"A large area of smoke from forest fires is blanketing much of Saskatchewan," said the air quality statement.

"Smoke near the ground may cause potentially high health risk concerns."

Children, seniors and people with breathing difficulties are those at highest risk.

The smoke is affecting residents from Uranium City in the north to Oxbow in the southeast — and all points in between. And Environment Canada is continuing to add communities to its list.

At 6:06 a.m. CST it issued special air quality statements for 45 new communities, including Saskatoon and Regina.

The smoky conditions are forecast to last until at least mid week.

All the areas impacted by widespread smoke. (Environment Canada)

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