Manitoba affected by BC wildfire smoke, special air quality alert in effect

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Air throughout the region continues to be smoky due to fine particulate matter resulting from wildfires across B.C., according to the statement issued by Environment Canada.

People with pre-existing health conditions, the elderly, infants, children and sensitive individuals are more likely to experience health effects from smoke exposure.

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Outside the province, air quality was expected to improve across much of the Prairies, as shifting winds directions pushed some of the ash south into the United States. Smoke could worsen into unhealthy levels by Monday, the agency said.

The poor air quality can be especially risky for people with preexisting heart conditions. Some portions of the B.C. interior scored as low as 0 on the Breezometer Monday morning.

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During "very unhealthy" conditions, everyone is encouraged to stay indoors, avoid strenuous activity, close windows and doors, set air conditioners to recirculate, and use a HEPA air filter if possible. Doctors say if you feel unwell at all during the period of poor air quality to see a doctor immediately.

More smoky, hazy air is expected to blanket much of Metro Vancouver and the Lower Mainland today as almost 600 wildfires continue to rage across British Columbia. Smoke may not affect all areas at all times.

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