Fire burning west of Edmonton still affecting air quality
A massive fire is burning in the area of Range Road 262, just off of 79th Avenue Friday, Dec. 1st, 2011.
A fire burning west of Edmonton is still affecting air quality in parts of the city and on the Enoch Cree Nation. The blaze was sparked December 2 in a recycling facility. Officials say the fire is diminishing in size but it could be another few days before it is completely out.
A fire smoke advisory, issued by Alberta Health Services, remains in effect.
Although most healthy people will not have any adverse health affects, officials with AHS have stressed that smoke can cause health concerns if the conditions become severe. People may suffer from irritation of the eyes, throat and even shortness of breath.
"People with asthma, bronchitis or emphysema should monitor their reactions and take any preventative measures their physicians have previously recommended," Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Marcia Johnson said in the press release.
They advise anyone who can taste or smell smoke in the air to reduce their physical activity and consider taking shelter indoors and keep windows shut.
Those experiencing symptoms can contact Health Link Alberta at 1-866-408-LINK (5465).
The advisory will remain in effect until the fire is extinguished.