Early on Thursday morning, Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) issued a special air quality statement for Airdrie and the surrounding areas.

"Smoke is causing poor air quality and reduced visibility. Wildfire smoke concentrations can fluctuate over short distances and vary considerably from hour to hour. The smoke is expected to move out of the area by the weekend. Wildfire smoke can be harmful to everyone’s health even at low concentrations," the statement read.

Airdrie's air quality on Thursday morning was ranked at 5, meaning there is a moderate health risk. People with lung disease (such as asthma) or heart disease, older adults, children, pregnant people, and people who work outdoors are at higher risk of experiencing health effects caused by wildfire smoke.

"Keep your doors and windows closed if the temperature in your home is comfortable," ECCC advised.

According to forecasts, the smoke will continue throughout Thursday and into Friday afternoon.

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