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Alberta wildfire smoke creeps into Bellingham

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Wildfire smoke leads to air quality concerns

The warning was issued Thursday afternoon, with smoke extending from northwestern Alberta, through Whitecourt and towards Hanna, and is heading south. Children, seniors, and those with cardiovascular or lung disease, such as asthma, are especially at risk. Those having breathing difficulties should stay inside whenever possible. Keep windows and doors closed, and if your home isn't air conditions go to a public place like the library or rec centre that has air conditioning.

Most areas, however, will record air in the "moderate" to "good" range. Firefighters were in Alberta from across Canada, including from B.C., are doing their best to help control the fires. "However, the Stampeders and CFL are closely monitoring the situation and will make an announcement if there's any change".

Meanwhile, a symbol of solidarity for High Level and surrounding communities has surfaced as residents remain evacuated across the province. The event is scheduled to proceed despite the smoke.

"It's really the combination of the marine air in the lower 500 meters or so of the atmosphere and it's being overrun by this dissipating distant wildfire smoke, which is 5,000 to 10,000 meters above sea level".

Warman said more assistance could be on the way as the provincial government has reached out across Canada's borders for support.

However, Gustafson said it's hard to measure the long-term effects of consistent exposure over time.

South of the border, the National Weather Service in the city of Wilmington, Ohio posted a tweet showing that the smoke from the wildfires has also blown into the U.S.

"This is a sad irony that we are disposing of climate policy at the same time where the urgency of this problem is becoming more and more evident", Dr. Vipond said.

"My colleagues and I attribute that to human-caused climate change". It's more of the same, of hot, dry and windy conditions.

He told Postmedia that fire is unavoidably part of the province's future.

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