Air quality alert issued for northern Saskatchewan communities

May 19, 2016

Uranium City, Camsell Portage seeing smoky conditions from Alberta wildfires

CBC News Posted: May 07, 2016 2:34 PM CT Last Updated: May 07, 2016 2:34 PM CT

Strong winds are pushing smoke from the Fort McMurray forest fires over to Saskatchewan.

Strong winds are pushing smoke from the Fort McMurray forest fires over to Saskatchewan. (Submitted to CBC)

Environment Canada is warning about poor air quality and reduced visibility in northwestern Saskatchewan, as smoke from the Alberta wildfires blows in.

The communities of Uranium City and Camsell Portage, Sask., were both issued warnings.

Smoke hits Saskatchewan as Fort McMurray wildfires burn
The weather office noted that smoke near the ground can be a health risk, adding the smoke is especially strong near the Alberta boundary.

People should watch out for symptoms such as increased coughing, an irritated throat or shortness or breath. Anyone with cardiovascular or lung diseases is at increased risk.

For current air quality conditions and tips, visit www.airhealth.ca.

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