Forest fire smoke continued to drift around Saskatchewan Thursday, prompting Environment Canada to issue air quality statements for much of the province.
Smoke from wildfires burning in the province’s north was expected to continue moving south into other parts of northern and central Saskatchewan. Shifting winds were expected to gradually clear the heaviest smoke overnight.
Southern Saskatchewan was expected to see smoke continue moving in from southern Alberta. A cold front was expected to improve conditions overnight, with smoke expected to come back again during the day Friday.
People living in affected areas were warned the smoke could cause symptoms like coughing, throat irritation, headache and shortness of breath. Children, seniors and people with cardiovascular or lung conditions were especially at risk.
Anyone experiencing breathing difficulties due to smoke was urged to stay in a cool, well-ventilated area indoors, but to keep windows closed. Those without air conditioning in their homes were advised to consider going to a public place to keep cool.
Along with the air quality statements, Environment Canada issued heat warnings for the southeast corner of the province.
Areas around Shaunavon, Leader and Swift Current were all expected to be unseasonably warm throughout the day Thursday, with Environment Canada calling for highs of 30 C. An overnight cold front was expected to bring temperatures back down to to the 12-15 C range.