North Slave Region (including Wekweeti – Whati – Behchoko), South Delta Region (including Ft. McPherson – Tsiigehtchic), Thebacha (including Ft. Smith – Salt River Reserve), Colville Lake, Deline, Ft. Resolution (including Hwy. 6), Lutsel K’e Region, Norman Wells – Tulita Region and Tuktoyaktuk – East Channel Region are experiencing environmental smoke exposure from wildfires. The amount of smoke may change 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 higher risk of severe health impacts include young children, elderly people, people with diabetes, lung, or heart conditions, and pregnant people.
You can reduce your exposure to smoke by avoiding strenuous outdoor activities and staying indoors with windows and doors closed.
If you are experiencing serious symptoms such as wheezing, chest discomfort, or shortness of breath, please your 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:
Health and Social Services
(867) 767-9052 ext. 49034