UPDATED - Wildfire Smoke Exposure Advisory for Residents of the Fort Good Hope Region, Fort Providence Region, Fort Simpson Region, Norman Wells - Tulita Region, Thebacha Region, Wrigley Region and Yellowknife Region

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Advisories

Fort Good Hope Region, Fort Providence Region (including Kakisa – Chan Lake), Fort Simpson Region (including Jean Marie River), Norman Wells – Tulita Region, Thebacha Region (including Fort Smith - Salt River Reserve), Wrigley Region and Yellowknife Region are experiencing environmental smoke exposure from wildfires. Air quality and visibility may change considerably from hour to hour due to weather conditions.  

Exposure to smoke is highest in people who are physically active outdoors (including outdoor workers). Exposure can quickly result in sore eyes, tears, cough and runny nose. People at risk of more severe health impacts include young children, the elderly, people with diabetes, lung or heart conditions, and potentially pregnant women.   

You can reduce your exposure to smoke by avoiding strenuous outdoor activities and staying indoors with windows and doors closed.

Anyone experiencing serious symptoms such as wheezing, chest discomfort, or shortness of breath should go to their local health centre.

Environment Canada monitors air quality and provides guidance for outdoor activities based on the Air Quality Health Index:

You can find additional information on the health effects of smoke at:

For any community not listed, we are continuing to monitor air quality.

 

For more information contact:

Jeremy Bird
Manager, Communications
Health and Social Services
(867) 767-9052 ext. 49034