Update: The Ministry rescinded the air quality advisory Monday morning as air quality improved.
The Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change has issued an air quality advisory for Grand Forks, due to the presence of “fine particulates” in the air.
The advisory, issued before lunch on Thursday, indicates that people with chronic medical conditions should postpone strenuous exercise. Exposure is also a concern for babies, the elderly, and people with diabetes, lung or heart disease.
The warning was issued in cooperation with Interior Heath.
The fine particulate as measured from the station at city hall, is 27.4 micrograms per cubic metre. The provincial air quality objective is 25 micrograms per cubic metre.
The ministry offers the following advice to reduce personal exposure:
- Avoid roads with heavy vehicle traffic and areas with wood smoke
- Stay indoors and keep windows and doors closed
- Run an air cleaner