British Columbia Fires Caused Poor Air Quality Locally

Posted on August 14, 2018

Smoke in the air largely generated by British Columbia wildfires this past week led to high and very high Air Quality Health Index ratings at many of Fort Air Partnership stations August 10-11. There were also several days where moderate ratings were recorded.

Several stations also reported particulate matter (PM2.5) levels above the provincial guideline for many hours August 10-11. Natural sources of PM2.5 include dust and fires. PM2.5 is a respirable particulate that is less than 2.5 micrometers in diameter and small enough to penetrate deep into the lungs.

When the AQHI is high, it is recommended that at risk populations such as those with respiratory conditions, children and the elderly avoid, reduce or reschedule strenuous outdoor activities. Anyone experiencing coughing or throat irritation should consider reducing or rescheduling their strenuous outdoor activities.

Local residents are encouraged to check our website often for current and forecast air quality conditions. The website also has a live date feed  which the public can use to check near real time PM2.5 levels or other substances and general health guidelines for the public regarding AQHI readings.