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Where There's Smoke


With 154 fires burning in Manitoba adding to the hundreds of others across the western provinces and Ontario, the Valley seems to have seen more smoky skies than clear ones this summer. With the Air Quality Health Index often changing from moderate risk to very high risk very quickly, even the healthiest individuals may experience side effects from the polluted air. In times of heavy smoke, the Manitoba Lung Association recommends staying indoors and reducing physical activity outdoors when there is a lot of smoke around to minimize exposure and inhalation of harmful particulate matter.