Though you might be able to smell the smoke from forest fires, our air quality isn’t a major concern yet.
The hazy sky means the smoke is still high in the air, so it shouldn’t bother most people.
But Manitoba’s deputy chief public health officer Elise Weiss says some people are more sensitive and feel symptoms.
“Irritation of the nose, eyes and throat. That’s probably the first thing people may notice. If conditions are prolonged or more severe, then it might affect some breathing problems.”
She says young children, pregnant women, older people and those with lung or heart problems may have a harder time with the smoke. But as of yet, the conditions shouldn’t be causing many problems.
“There’s still not enough to affect most of the population,” Weiss explains. “But I think people need to, based on their own preexisting health conditions, if they see it, if they smell it more at ground level, that’s where some precautions can be taken.”
If the smoke is bothering you, Weiss recommends limiting physical activity outside or just going indoors. She says Environment Canada will put out an alert if there is a concern about air quality, you can keep tabs on conditions here.