Health Advisory: Fire Smoke Advisory Issued for North

A fire smoke advisory has been issued for northern Alberta, including Grande Prairie and area. Air quality is expected to deteriorate over the next few days, due to fires burning in northwestern Alberta.

For up to the hour Air Qualtiy Health Index (AQHI) ratings in our area please visit www.paza.ca. Air quality information is also available by phone, toll-free, at
1-877-247-7333.

In severe smoke conditions, even health individuals may experience irritation of eyes, throat and possibly shortness of breath. Learn about what you can do to protect yourself. The following information is courtesy of Alberta Health Services:

 

 

 

Peace Region Air Quality Update

GRANDE PRAIRIE,AB, MAY 28, 2011: PAZA is currently measuring increased fine particulate matter (PM 2.5) concentrations across the regional network due to wildfires burning in the central and northeast regions of Alberta.

With the increase in fine particulate matter readings, PAZA is measuring a “very poor” Air Quality Index from 8 am this morning at the Grande Prairie Henry Pirker station. The Beaverlodge station continues to measure a “poor” air quality index at this time.

Alberta Environment summarizes effects associated with AQI index ratings as outlined below.

Please contact Alberta Health Services for further information regarding public health concerns with air quality.

PAZA will continue to monitor air quality throughout the region and provide updates on any changes.

PRESS RELEASE:

PAZA is a multi stakeholder organization that monitors outdoor air quality in the south peace region. PAZA currently operates six continuous monitoring stations and 43 passive monitoring stations located throughout the region.

Contact: Peace Airshed Zone Association (PASZA) Phone: (780) 833-4343

Box 21135 Grande Prairie, AB. T8V 6W7 Phone (780) 833-4343 1-866-764-2681 www.paza.ca


Peace Region Air Quality Update

GRANDE PRAIRIE,AB, MAY 23, 2011: PAZA is a multi stakeholder organization that monitors outdoor air quality in the south peace region. PAZA currently operates six continuous monitoring stations and 43 passive monitoring stations located throughout the region.

Around midnight last night PAZA observed a shift in wind direction to northeast, east. With this change in wind direction PAZA is observing higher fine particulate matter readings across our network, due to wildfires burning in Alberta.

With the increase in fine particulate matter, the air quality index has shifted to “poor” at the Grande Prairie Henry Pirker station and Beaverlodge stations. Alberta Environment summarizes effects associated with AQI index ratings as outlined below.

While fine particulate matter readings were climbing overnight with the increase precipitation this morning, readings while still higher than usually, have been decreasing since 5 am this morning.

Please contact Alberta Health Services for further information regarding public health concerns with air quality.

PAZA will continue to monitor air quality throughout the region and provide updates on any changes.

PRESS RELEASE:

Contact: Peace Airshed Zone Association (PASZA) Phone: (780) 833-4343

Box 21135 Grande Prairie, AB. T8V 6W7 Phone (780) 833-4343 1-866-764-2681 www.pasza.ca


Peace Region Air Quality Update

GRANDE PRAIRIE,AB, MAY 16, 2011: PAZA is a multi stakeholder organization that monitors outdoor air quality in the south peace region. PAZA currently operates six continuous monitoring stations and 43 passive monitoring stations located throughout the region.

PAZA is monitoring the air quality readings closely with wildfires burning in our region. Over the last 24 hours we have observed a slight increase in the fine particulate matter levels late afternoon and into the evening on May 15 with the wind direction out of the east, more notably at the Smoky Heights station. With the shift in wind direction and calms winds from the west, the fine particulate matter levels have decreased over night and into this morning. We are still seeing a very slight increase in fine particulate matter across the region this hour. PAZA continues to measure “good” air quality index (AQI) readings at the Grande Prairie Henry Pirker station. While the Beaverlodge station is measuring a “fair” air quality index (AQI) ratings as of 9 A.M. this morning, with a few hours or “fair” rating on May 15th.

Alberta Environment summarizes effects associated with AQI index ratings as outlined below.

Please contact Alberta Health Services for further information regarding public health concerns. PASZA continues to monitor air quality throughout the region.

PRESS RELEASE:

Contact: Peace Airshed Zone Association (PASZA) Phone: (780) 833-4343

Box 21135 Grande Prairie, AB. T8V 6W7 Phone (780) 833-4343 1-866-764-2681 www.pasza.ca