Well, it had to happen at some point.
Wildfire Smokey could be on its way to Calgary this weekend as Environment Canada says the Calgary Air Quality Health Index is on the verge of success.
According to the government agency, YYC is currently 3/10 in terms of air quality, which is classified as a low risk.
That number will rise over the next 24 hours and is expected to reach a maximum of four by Thursday evening (medium risk) and a maximum of five by Friday (medium risk).
Alberta’s western neighbor has already been engulfed in the smoke caused by forest fires on the west coast of the United States. In Vancouver Island and parts of the lower mainland, values for the Air Quality Health Index of over 10 were displayed in the past week.
Parts of Alberta’s westernmost regions fell below air quality data when the smoke hit the Rockies and the Banff National Park, Cardston, Fort Macleod, Magrath, Crowsnest Pass, Pincher Creek, Waterton Lakes National Park, Kananaskis and Canmore regions earlier this week .
Environment Canada does not display up-to-date air quality statements for Alberta, despite the fact that all of southern BC has been greyed out with warning messages.
Regions covered by an air quality declaration can experience throat irritation, coughing, headaches and shortness of breath due to the smoke.
People with pre-existing medical conditions, especially lung diseases, are at risk and are warned to take additional precautionary measures.
It is recommended to reduce exposure by staying indoors whenever possible if the air quality has decreased.