Smoke from the raging fire in Fort McMurray has moved into Saskatchewan, producing low visibility in some areas.
Environment Canada issued special air quality statements for several areas in the northwest part of the province.
As of 10 a.m. Thursday, the following areas are at risk:
- Green Lake
- R.M. of Beaver River including Pierceland and Goodsoil
- R.M. of Big River including Big River and Chitek Lake
- R.M. of Loon Lake including Loon Lake and Makwa
- R.M. of Meadow Lake including Waterhen Res.
- Buffalo Narrows and Peter Pond Lake
- Île à la Crosse and Beauval
Saskatoon and Regina are noted as being at moderate risk for impacted air quality.
The statement said smoke near the ground is causing very high health risk conditions.
The agency warns people might experience symptoms such as increased coughing, headaches or shortness of breath.
Those most at risk include children, seniors, and those with cardiovascular or lung disease, such as asthma and COPD.
Environment Canada encourages people to check local weather forecasts and alerts in the coming days to know when extra care will be needed.
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