Wild fires have been raging in Alberta for several days. The province's largest fire, the Chuckegg Creek fire, is still growing, though officials have said that growth is slowing down.
So far,over 5,000 people have been evacuated from the areas most at risk and Global News reports that, as of Tuesday morning, 22 wildfires were burning in Alberta. Out of those fires, six were listed as "out of control."
The fire is not only affecting people in the area. Smoke from the fire is predicted to affect people across Canada.
Wildfire smoke does pose some health concerns. Public Health Manitoba stresses that "the unhealthiest material in wildland fire smoke is the small particles (particulates)."
These particles "may make it harder to breathe or make you cough. These small particles can also make existing heart and lung conditions worse."
The people most at risk of being affected by smoke in the air are young people, people with breathing problems, and the elderly.
FireSmoke Canada, a website supported by the governments of Canada, Ontario, Alberta, and British Columbia, shows how the smoke from the fire will spread across the country.
Most provinces will be touched by the smoke. Western and central Canada will be most touched by denser smoke, while Eastern Canada will receive smoke that is less dense.
It's amazing and a little concerning to see how the smoke is predicted to spread for hundreds of kilometres.
If you have questions or are concerned that you may need care, contact your health care provider or call Health Links-Info-Santé at 204-788-8200 or toll-free at 1-888-315-9257.
Smoke from the Albertan wildfires will be spreading accross Canada today, according to FireSmokeCanada. The provinces most affected are concentrated in the prairies.
To read the full Manitoba Public Health report, head to there site here. To read Global News' report on the wildfires, head to their article here. | To track the spread of wildfire smoke across Canada, head to FireSmoke.ca