Air quality advisories lifted in Alberta

Environment Canada issued an air quality advisory for much of southern Alberta on Saturday as wildfires continue to make their presence felt across much of the province.

Several areas in western Alberta were also issued an air quality advisory.

“Smoke from forest fires in British Columbia, northwestern parts of the United States, as well as from a fire within Waterton Park continue to impact Alberta causing poor air quality,” the weather agency said on its website. “Conditions are expected to gradually improve from the northwest later today as a cold front sweeps across the province.

READ MORE: Fire crews work to prevent wildfire from spreading through Waterton Lakes’ Akamina Pass

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Waterton park and townsite under mandatory evacuation due to wildfire

“Poor air quality will persist for southernmost areas into Sunday.”

As of 10 a.m. on Sunday morning, all air quality advisories had been dropped.

Environment Canada warned people in affected areas could have symptoms like coughing more, irritated throats and headaches or shortness of breath.

“Children, seniors and those with cardiovascular or lung disease, such as asthma, are especially at risk.”

The agency also warned people with lung diseases could be impacted more than others.

People were advised to keep their windows and doors closed in their homes.

According to the Air Quality Health Index (AQHI), Calgary’s air quality was rated as a 5, which according to the AQHI, presents a “moderate risk” to people.

READ MORE: B.C. wildfires map 2017: Current location of wildfires around the province

For more information on air quality in Alberta, click here.

For a complete list of areas in Alberta that are under a weather watch, warning or advisory, click here.

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