The City of Yellowknife is currently under a cloud of smoke.
Environment Canada issued an air quality alert, as the smoke has pushed it’s way up from south of Great Slave Lake.
Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Andre Corriveau spoke with CJCD regarding the advisory. He says that residents should avoid physical activity for the time being.
“People who suffer from cardiovascular difficulties, such as asthma, chronic lung disease, or even heart disease are most at risk.”
Corriveau would go on to say that fitness levels vary so the effects won’t be universal for all people during the advisory, but that measures should be taken to avoid physical damage. He says to stay inside and close all windows.
“We advise that people should close all windows in the time being. Try to find a designated space, maybe a room, and stay in there.”
When asked whether another fire ban is a possibility, Dr. Corriveau stated that the Fire Chief is in charge of issuing those safety measures, and that they usually stem from dryness in the area. Corriveau cited that the previous ban was due to dryness, and that since the current smoke is not coming from a local fire, there’s a chance another fire ban won’t be necessary.
Corriveau says that Environment Canada forecasts a lifting of the smoke within the next 24 hours, and air quality should be closer to normal by tomorrow.
Rain is also expected, which would help Yellowknife avoid another fire ban.