Hwy. 12 westbound, heading to Stettler shows the poor air quality that the province has been experiencing due to the B.C. fires. PHOTO BY MOUSH SARA JOHN

Air quality a concern due to B.C. wildfires

The health risk AQHI of Red Deer and area will be deteriorating from low to moderate tomorrow.

Earlier in the week, the Government of Alberta had issued a statement cautioning people that air quality across the province could be affected by the wildfires in B.C.

As of now Red Deer and area has a health risk Air Quality Health Index (AQHI) of 3, which is considered to be low, but it will worsen tomorrow and be 4, which is moderate according to the Environment Canada forecast.

Alberta Health Services (AHS) had also issued advisories for all zones saying that air quality is expected to vary for the coming days and, potentially, weeks.

The province is encouraging residents of, and visitors to, Alberta to be aware of air conditions and to take precautions against potential health concerns that can be associated with smoky air.

The Alberta government is also advising people to make financial donations to a recognized non-profit organization of their choice instead of providing material donations.

How Albertans can help

Albertans can help the people affected by the fires in B.C. with a financial donation to the British Columbia Fires Appeal.

The Red Cross gratefully accepts donations from generous Canadians wishing to help. People can donate to the British Columbia Fires Appeal in one of the following ways:

– online at www.redcross.ca

– by calling 1-800-418-1111

– by texting FIRES or FEUX to 45678

– by contacting their local Canadian Red Cross office

Travel information

At this time, all highways into B.C. from Alberta are open to travel, but this could change as the wildfire situation progresses.

For up-to-date travel information, please check 511 Alberta and “know before you go.”

Albertans planning to travel to B.C. are advised to monitor @DriveBC and @EmergencyInfoBC for up-to-date information on road closures and traffic impacts.

Fire restrictions in Alberta

After a prolonged period of hot, dry weather, a fire restriction has been put in place in the forested parts of Alberta south of Highway 532.

Campfires within campgrounds in designated fire rings in this area are still permitted. Gas or propane stoves/barbecues and portable propane fire pits are also allowed.

The best way for Albertans to find out if there is a fire ban, restriction or advisory in their area is to visit AlbertaFireBans.ca

Just Posted

Halkirk facilities available for Christmas parties

One more Bingo before the holidays

Stettler Wildcats bring home awards from league banquet Dec. 9

Cole Nichols named rural rookie of year, Carson Neitz rural offensive player

Donalda community hears about creamery options

The Historic Donalda Cooperative Creamery: A Plan for the Future

Buffalo Lake moving ice

Warm weather, wind moving some ice around on the lake

UPDATE: Motorist dies near Ponoka after loose tire collides with vehicle

Ponoka RCMP seek assistance in locating vehicle belonging to the tire

Big Hank hits Stettler Dec. 1

Big Hank’s Tribute to the Blues Songs of Christmas

New fighter-jet competition to have national ‘economic interest’ requirement

Trudeau government wants to replace Canada’s aging CF-18s with 88 new fighters by as early as 2025

The top-binged shows on Netflix in 2017

Which show did you cheat on your spouse with by watching ahead?

2017 word of the year: Feminism

Merriam-Webster’s word of the year for 2017: ‘Feminism’

200 Russians to compete in Olympics as neutrals

The Russian Olympic Committee expects 200 to compete in South Korea

Researchers claim the ‘man flu’ does exist

Review of scientific studies suggests ‘man flu’ may be more intense: researcher

Trudeau appoints Supreme Court chief justice

Prime Minister Trudeau appoints Richard Wagner as Supreme Court chief justice

WestJet Christmas video turns children’s wishes into reality

This year’s annual video took a new spin on the 12 days of Christmas

Firefighters protect seaside California towns as blaze rages

A flare-up on the western edge of Southern California’s largest and most destructive wildfire sent residents fleeing Sunday

Most Read