Forest Fires Impacting Air Quality in Red Lake and Ear Falls Regions

Smoke impacting the region
Smoke impacting the region

RED LAKE – Wild Fires in the far north of Ontario have resulted in a number of advisories for communities across Northwestern Ontario.

Special air quality statement in effect for:

  • Ear Falls – Perrault Falls – Western Lac Seul
  • Red Lake – Woodland Caribou Park

Elevated pollution levels are expected or occurring.

High levels of air pollution are possible due to smoke from forest fires.

Smoke plumes from a forest fire east of Pikangikum have resulted in deteriorated air quality in the area. Winds have shifted to a northerly direction causing smoke to affect communities south of Pikangikum. Red Lake and surrounding communities will also likely be impacted by smoke from time to time as a result of the wind direction.

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.

If you, or someone in your care, develop symptoms, reduce or reschedule strenuous outdoors activities where ever possible until the air quality improves.

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 AQHI values.