Air quality statements in effect as wildfire smoke reaches Alberta

Wildfire smoke brings more haze to the Cochrane area

Canada Post suspends service in Metro Vancouver due to wildfire smoke

Smoky air has lingered so long partially because of wind patterns, according to Washington Smoke Blog, a collaborative project of state, county, and federal agencies responding to wildfire-related air concerns.

The Bay Area's air quality will be unhealthy for all residents on Monday and Tuesday and unhealthy for sensitive groups on Wednesday, air district spokeswoman Kristine Roselius said.

The alert comes as the National Weather Service issued a red flag fire weather warning for large swaths of western Montana on Monday between noon and 9 p.m. At one point Saturday morning, Vancouver was ranked No. 1.

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The suspension is in effect for Metro Vancouver, parts of Vancouver Island, the Okanagan Valley and Similkameen regions, as well as the Kootenay, Nicola, and Fraser regions.

Detailed information on air quality can be found on the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality website, but conditions can change quickly.

You're advised to reduce or postpone strenuous outdoor activities. People should consider leaving the area if smoke levels are hazardous and they have heart disease, asthma and other respiratory conditions. "Individuals who are socially marginalized may also be at elevated risk", Environment Canada warns.

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The wildfire smoke that has blanketed much of the Canadian and American West Coast has finally reached Alberta.

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