Special air quality statement issued for Piikani Nation and surrounding areas.

Smoke from the B.C wildfires hovering over Piikani Nation Secondary School. Photo by Tawnya Plain Eagle.

Environment Canada issued a special air quality advisory for the M.D of Pincher Creek this morning.

The Smoke from forest fires in B.C has moved into Alberta resulting in poor air quality.

"During a wildfire, smoke conditions can change quickly over short distances and can vary considerably hour-by-hour. Air quality is expected to be intermittently poor for the remainder of the week," stated Environment Canada.

Some people may experience symptoms such as increased coughing, throat irritation, headaches or shortness of breath.

While children, seniors and those with cardiovascular or lung disease, such as asthma, are especially at risk.

The statement also states that people with lung diseases, such as asthma and COPD, can be sensitive to air pollution.

According to the environment Canada Statement, they will generally experience more serious health effects at lower levels.

Pollution can aggravate their diseases, leading to increased medication use, doctor and emergency room visits, and hospital visits."

Some suggestions for avoiding the smoke including staying inside if you have breathing difficulties.

Find an indoor place that's cool and ventilated. Using an air conditioner that cools and filters air may help. If you open the windows you may let in more polluted air.

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