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Environment Canada: Forest fire smoke causing air quality concerns in parts of region

Special air quality statement issued for Espanola and Killarney

A special air quality statement has been issued by Environment Canada for Espanola and Killarney.

Smoke is causing poor air quality and reducing visibility, the statement said.

Possible high levels of air pollution due to smoke from forest fires are expected today and tonight. 

Smoke plumes are moving northeast over areas near Grundy Lake Provincial Park towards Lake Nipissing and North Bay from forest fires west of Key River. Air quality may deteriorate if the smoke descends to ground level.

These higher pollution levels may persist for the next few days.

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.

Be air aware! Check your local weather forecasts and alerts so you know when to take extra care.

Visit for information on how to reduce your health risk and your personal contribution to pollution levels, as well as for current and forecast AQHI values.