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Lakeland smoke blanket drops air quality

Poor air quality, smoke smell and haze blankets Lakeland area

According to a nation-wide weather service, the blanket of smoky haze that has settled over the Lakeland will continue — and worsen over the next few day.

Temperatures, wind direction and humidity have helped to bring smoke from wildfires burning across the province into the region. Air quality measurements across the region are extreme as the smoke thickness increases smoke particles to 250-times more than baseline levels.

From data shown on the website, the extreme air quality readings will continue for at least the next two days.

Alberta Health Service is also offering online assistance for residents suffering breathing or other health issues caused by the poor air quality and smoke.

While the region has the smoke, it doesn't have the fires.  An out-of-control blaze continues to burn in the northern part of the Cold Lake Air Weapons Range, but wind direction is moving that fire — and the smoke into Saskatchewan.  Smoke over the Lakeland area is believed to be coming from several out of control fires burning north and west of Edmonton.

Rob McKinley

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Rob has been in the media, marketing and promotion business for 30 years, working in the public sector, as well as media outlets in major metropolitan markets, smaller rural communities and Indigenous-focused settings.
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