Air quality statement

August 3, 2021

Smoke plumes from active fires in northwestern Ontario and eastern Manitoba will continue today, resulting in poor air quality.

Thus, Environment Canada has issued a special air quality statement that is in effect for the following areas.

  • Agawa – Lake Superior Park
  • Searchmont – Montreal River Harbour – Batchawana Bay
  • Wawa – Pukaskwa Park
  • White River – Dubreuilville

High levels of air pollution are in these areas due to smoke from ongoing forest fires.

If you or those in your care are exposed to wildfire smoke, consider taking extra precautions to reduce your exposure. Wildfire smoke is a constantly-changing mixture of particles and gases which include many chemicals that can be harmful to your health.

Individuals may experience symptoms such as increased coughing, throat irritation, headaches, or shortness of breath. Children, seniors, and those with cardiovascular or lung disease, such as asthma, are especially at risk.

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