UPDATE: The special air quality statement issued for Grande Prairie and the surrounding area has ended.
The air quality in the Grande Prairie area has again worsened. As of 11 a.m., the Peace Airshed Zone Association registers the Air Quality Health Index in the City of Grande Prairie as 14 or very high. Beaverlodge and Rycroft’s AQHIs are considered high at 10 and 8 respectively.
A special air quality statement is still in effect for parts of the Grande Prairie – Beaverlodge – Valleyview region. Environment Canada says smoke from wildfires in B.C. is leading to the poor air quality and visibility.
“Air quality is expected to improve from north to south on Saturday afternoon and evening,” it says.
Residents are encouraged to stay inside if they have breathing difficulties. There are nearly 600 wildfires burning in British Columbia, and the province is in its third day of a state of emergency.