Environment Canada issues air quality statement due to smoke from forest fires in northwestern Ontario

Reduced visibility and deteriorating air quality are possible if the smoke descends to ground level

The late afternoon sun appears pinkish orange on July 19, 2021 due to smoke from active forest fires in northwestern Ontario moving over southern Ontario. (Photo: Bruce Head / kawarthaNOW)
The late afternoon sun appears pinkish orange on July 19, 2021 due to smoke from active forest fires in northwestern Ontario moving over southern Ontario. (Photo: Bruce Head / kawarthaNOW)

Environment Canada issued a special air quality statement on Monday afternoon (July 19) for all of southern Ontario, including all of the Kawarthas.

Smoke from active forest fires in northwestern Ontario has moved over southern Ontario.

Elevated particulate matter levels and hazy conditions have been reported at several stations.

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Reduced visibility and deteriorating air quality are possible if the smoke descends to ground level.

Conditions are expected to improve Tuesday with the passage of a cold front.

If you or those in your care are exposed to wildfire smoke, consider taking extra precautions to reduce your exposure. Wildfire smoke is a constantly changing mixture of particles and gases which includes many chemicals that can be harmful to your health.

Individuals may experience symptoms such as increased coughing, throat irritation, headaches or shortness of breath. Children, seniors, and those with cardiovascular or lung disease, such as asthma, are especially at risk.

Visit www.airhealth.ca for information on how to reduce your health risk and your personal contribution to pollution levels, as well as for current and forecast Air Quality Health Index (AQHI) values.

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