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A wildfire burns along the mountain side in Oliver, B.C., Saturday, August, 15, 2015. Click the Fullscreen control to enable fullscreen view; press the 'Esc' key to return to normal view. It is a priority for CBC to create a website that is accessible to all Canadians including people with visual, hearing, motor and cognitive challenges. We've sent an email with instructions to create a new password. Much of southwestern Alberta is currently under a fire ban. This BlueSky Canada smoke forecast is considered experimental because it is produced by a system that is an ongoing research project and subject to uncertainties in weather forecasts, smoke dispersion and fire emissions. Smoke from the U.S. wildfires has been drifting over parts of Alberta since early in the week. Calgary air quality expected to worsen overnight as wildfire smoke settles in, Smoky skies settle in over southern Alberta creating eerie images, Alberta firefighters heading into Oregon infernos, CBC's Journalistic Standards and Practices. Community: select one or more, to select multiples, hold down the CTRL key and click on each one, to select a range, click on the first one, hold down the SHIFT key and click the last one. The alert said the smoke would cause poor air quality and reduced visibility for areas including Waterton Lakes National Park, Pincher Creek, Crowsnest Pass, and Cardston County.

All of southern Alberta, including Calgary, was under a special air quality statement on Saturday, as smoke from western U.S. wildfires settled in. The AQHI rates the potential risk level from poor air conditions on a 1-10 scale. Note: daily forecast values correspond to a UTC (Z) day. When paused, click or drag the Frame slider to jump to a different forecast hour. By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. We reserve the right to close comments at any time. Warning: Clicking on the button below will remove all your customized links. Would you like to overwrite it? It's also best to reduce levels of physical activity to decrease inhalation of pollutants.

(CTV Calgary, CHQR, The Canadian Press). Audience Relations, CBC P.O. The Air Quality Health Index or "AQHI" is a scale designed to help you understand what the air quality around you means to your health. “Wildfire smoke is a constantly-changing mixture of particles and gasses which includes many chemicals that can harm your health.”. Click or drag the Opacity slider to change the opacity of the forecast layer. Enter your email address to get a new one. If you must drive to another location, keep windows and vents closed. An air quality official says the smoke in the Calgary area is worse than cities with serious pollution problems such as Beijing and New Delhi. The type of alert issued depends on the severity and timing of the event. Welcome to The Globe and Mail’s comment community. On Wednesday morning, levels in Calgary had shot past the upper end of the zero-to-10 scale used to measure air quality. It is recommended to check local weather forecasts and alerts often to know when to take extra care. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). {* forgotPassword_sendButton *}, {* backButton *} Click the Layer control and click one of the Forecasts to switch between hourly, daily average and of Willow Creek near Fort Macleod Comments are welcome while open. Special statements: issued to highlight significant weather or express uncertainty. "If you or those in your care are exposed to wildfire smoke, consider taking extra precautions to reduce your exposure. Wildfires have killed multiple people and destroyed around half a dozen small towns and thousands of homes in the western U.S. this summer. • Cardston Co. near Cardston and Carway Canadian Centre for Climate Services Library, Go to the desired page on the site, open the Weather shortcuts menu and click on the "Add to shortcuts" button. CALGARY – Alberta Health Services has lifted the fire smoke advisory first issued on February 8, in response to a fire on the Tsuu T’ina Nation. Thank you for your patience. A masked Bill Todd gets a smooch from Dexter during a walk on Crescent Road N.W. If you must drive somewhere, keep windows and vents closed and run car fans on recirculate, AHS said. Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted. NOTE: This forecast does not include smoke from sources that are outside the boundaries of the forecast domain. Alberta Health Services website suggests people should close outside windows and doors, avoid running air conditioners, and not using wood burning fireplaces while smoke advisories are in effect.
AHS says people with respiratory conditions may notice a worsening of symptoms and that children and the elderly are at higher risk of smoke-related illness. The AQHI is an initiative of Environment Canada, Health Canada, Alberta Environment and Parks, Alberta Health and Alberta Health Services.