A special Air Quality Statement has been issued for Swift Current, Herbert, Cabri, Kyle, and Lucky Lake.

Smoke is causing or is expected to cause poor air quality and reduced visibility.

Forest fire smoke from wildfires in the north will be concentrated by a cold front moving southwards through southern Saskatchewan.

As this front progresses southwards tonight and into tomorrow, it will drag a band of thicker smoke through most regions of central and southern Saskatchewan.

Visibility and air quality due to wildfire smoke can fluctuate over short distances and can change drastically from hour to hour.

Wildfire smoke can be harmful to everyone’s health even at low concentrations. Everyone can take action to reduce their exposure to wildfire smoke.

People with lung disease (such as asthma) or heart disease, older adults, children, pregnant people, and people who work outdoors are at higher risk of experiencing health effects caused by wildfire smoke.

Stop or reduce your activity level if breathing becomes uncomfortable or you or someone you are caring for is feeling unwell.

Contact your healthcare provider or local health authority if you develop severe symptoms or need advice. Check the Air Quality Health Index (AQHI) and monitor your symptoms.

Mild irritation and discomfort are common and usually disappear when the smoke clears. Drinking lots of water can help your body cope with the smoke.