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After a short reprieve Manitobans are again being warned that smoke from fires in Western Canada will be affecting much of the province again. 

Environment Canada says that the haze and smoke will spread into western Manitoba through the afternoon and evening, resulting in elevated AQHI values.

From Environment Canada:

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.

Due to the smoky conditions, individuals living in or travelling to the affected areas are advised to be aware of potential health concerns that can be associated with current air conditions. In these current conditions, even healthy individuals may experience sore eyes, tears, coughing and a runny nose.

In areas affected by smoke from wildland fires, Manitobans are encouraged to:
- limit outdoor activity and/or strenuous physical activity; if breathing becomes difficult or uncomfortable, stop or reduce the activity
- reduce exposure to smoke by staying indoors or moving to areas with cleaner air, as conditions can vary dramatically by area
- turn off furnaces and air-conditioning units that may draw smoke indoors
- keep indoor air cleaner by avoiding smoking or burning other materials

People at higher risk include young children, the elderly, pregnant women and people with heart or lung conditions (particularly asthma), and therefore should avoid as much exposure to smoke as possible.

Manitobans with health questions or concerns can contact their health-care provider or call Health Links – Info Santé at 204-788-8200 or toll-free at 1-888-315-9257. More information on the health effects of smoke is available at www.gov.mb.ca/health/publichealth/environmentalhealth/smoke.html

Conditions are expected to improve Thursday afternoon.

Areas currently under the air quality statement:

 Virden - Souris, Man. (051100)
   Brandon - Neepawa - Carberry - Treherne, Man. (051200)
   Melita - Boissevain - Turtle Mountain Provincial Park, Man. (051300)
   Killarney - Pilot Mound - Manitou, Man. (051400)
   Dauphin - Russell - Roblin - Winnipegosis, Man. (055100)
   Minnedosa - Riding Mountain National Park, Man. (055200)
   Ste. Rose - McCreary - Alonsa - Gladstone, Man. (055300)
   Swan River - Duck Mountain - Porcupine Provincial Forest, Man. (056200)

 

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