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B.C. fire smoke wafts into Alberta, Saskatchewan; air quality advisories issued


Published on July 17, 2017

A woman takes in the smoke blanketing Mt. Rundle from a forest fire in Kootenay National park as she stands on a dock on the Vermillion lakes near Banff, Alta. Sunday July 15, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

CALGARY — Wildfires burning in British Columbia are causing smoky conditions in Alberta and Saskatchewan.

Alberta Health Services has issued air-quality advisories in its north and Calgary zones.

It says even healthy people may feel irritation in their eyes and throat, as well as possible shortness of breath.

The health agency is advising people to minimize outdoor physical activity and keep windows and doors closed.

Environment Canada has also issued special air-quality statements for much of southwestern Saskatchewan.

It says children, seniors, and people with cardiovascular or lung diseases are especially at risk.

More than a dozen of the more than 160 wildfires in central and southern B.C. are threatening communities.

The Canadian Press