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Weather statement issued due to smoke in Grande Prairie

A special air quality statement has been issued for the Grande Prairie – Beaverlodge – Valleyview region due to smoke. It’s causing poor visibility and air quality.

Environment Canada says the smoke is drifting from the forest fires in B.C. and one just west of Waterton Lakes National Park in southern Alberta. Conditions are expected to improve gradually late Friday into Saturday.

The Air Quality Health Index is currently 5, or moderate, in Grande Prairie.

People may develop symptoms like coughing, throat irritation, headaches and shortness of breath. Others with health conditions may have increased symptoms, including children and seniors.

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If you’re suffering, stay inside in a place that’s cool and ventilated, and don’t open your windows. If your home isn’t air conditioned, consider going somewhere public that is.

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