Smoke from prescribed burn causing ‘poor air quality’ in Jasper area: Environment Canada

Environment Canada issued a special air quality statement for parts of west-central Alberta on Tuesday evening, saying the air people in the area breathe is being impacted by a fire burning in the Jasper area.

“Smoke from a prescribed burn at Henry House Flats is causing locally poor air quality near Jasper and Hinton,” the weather agency said on its website shortly before 6:30 p.m.

“Conditions are expected to remain poor this evening.”

The weather alert was issued for parts of Jasper National Park, the M.D. of Greenview, Yellowhead County and Willmore Wilderness Park.

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The statement warns people could potentially experience throat irritation, coughing, headaches or shortness of breath because of the smoke.

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

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