Forest fires cause air quality concerns

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Smoke from wildfires in northern Alberta is causing poor air quality and reducing visibility over much of the province.

While conditions in southern Alberta are expected to improve as the weekend progresses, the health and safety of our students is a priority for Palliser Regional Schools. Please consider the Air Quality Health Index (AQHI) if you have concerns over the possible impact of the smoke and related conditions on your child. See the AQHI map at

Stay inside if you have breathing difficulties. Find an indoor place that's cool and ventilated. Using an air conditioner that cools and filters air may help. If you open the windows you may let in more polluted air. If your home isn't air-conditioned, consider going to a public place (library, shopping mall, recreation centre) that is air-conditioned.

For more information please visit Alberta Health Services at

For information on how to reduce your health risk and your personal contribution to pollution levels, as well as for current and forecast AQHI values, go to