QUALITY ALERT: Wildfire smoke brings regional health warning

QUALITY ALERT: Wildfire smoke brings regional health warning

Smoke rising above Highway 299 at Trinity Mountain Road.

Local and regional fires also were adding to the smoke in the air, according to the weather service.

Over the course of the next couple of days, air quality from the Crowsnest Pass, east to the Taber area, south to the US border and north to the Calgary area, is expected to drastically deteriorate. Light southerly winds over the next couple of days will bring limited relief. Updates will be provided as conditions change.

Concentrations of smoke may vary depending upon location, weather, and distance from the fire. Right now nearly everyone could be dealing with a cough, headaches - the smoke can even cause irregular heartbeats and chest pain.

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People should limit their time outside and refrain from vigorous activities like running or playing sports. Seek medical help if you have symptoms that worsen or become severe. Please check with your doctor to see if this appropriate for you.

According to the Washington State Department of Health, people who are at greater risk for health impacts are those who have asthma, COPD, diabetes and other lung or heart diseases.

As always, check with your health care provider for more specific questions and concerns. If you have an air conditioner, use the "recirculation" switch.

Consider leaving the area until smoke conditions improve if you have repeated coughing, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, wheezing, chest tightness or pain, palpitations, nausea, unusual fatigue, lightheadedness.

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