Manitoba affected by BC wildfire smoke, special air quality alert in effect

Blanche Robertson
August 19, 2018

The National Weather Service reports an Air Quality Alert begins Sunday at 10 a.m. and goes until Wednesday at 5 p.m.

Large wildfires in the Washington Cascades and British Columbia could make the air across Western Washington unhealthy during that time, the alert said. The smoke will continue into tonight.

"The millions of vehicles on Bay Area roads during these hot summer months create unhealthy air quality and make breathing more hard for many", said Jack Broadbent, executive officer of the air district.

An expected shift in the wind on Sunday should improve the air quality.

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Air quality and visibility could become very poor under the smoke plume.

On Sunday clearer air should be coming down from the north throughout the southern regions of the province clearing out most of the smoke by Sunday afternoon.

Sensitive groups include people who have asthma or other breathing conditions; people with heart disease or high blood pressure; children and the elderly; and people of all ages who are taking part in extended, heavy physical activity outdoors.

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