The haze and smoke from northern Ontario wildfires is causing poor air quality and reducing visibility in Muskoka.
High levels of air pollution due to smoke from ongoing forest fires are possible.
Smoke from active forest fires in northwestern Ontario has moved over southern Ontario, according to a statement issued by Environment Canada. Elevated particulate matter levels and hazy conditions have been reported at several stations. Reduced visibilities and deteriorating air quality are possible if the smoke descends to ground level.
Conditions are expected to improve Tuesday with the passage of a cold front.
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 includes many chemicals that can be harmful to your health.
For more details, please consult www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change/services/air-quality-health-index/wildfire-smoke.html.
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.
Visit airhealth.ca for information on how to reduce your health risk, as well as the current and forecast AQHI (air quality health index) values.
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