Smoke from British Columbia forest fires continue to put the air quality health index at a high level in Strathmore and area. 

Air quality is expected to be intermittently poor for the remainder of the week. During a wildfire, smoke conditions can change quickly over short distances and can vary considerably hour-by-hour, reports Environment Canada. 

Those having difficulty breathing are recommended to find an indoor place that's cool and ventilated. 

"We know when there are periods of poor air quality there can also be some additional deaths related to air quality," explains Brian Proctor, of Environment Canada, "and so it's important for people to think about the risk of both short and long-term exposure to air pollution."

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.

People with lung diseases, such as asthma and COPD, can be particularly sensitive to air pollution. They will generally experience more serious health effects at lower levels. Pollution can aggravate their diseases, leading to increased medication use, doctor and emergency room visits, and hospital visits.

They recommend staying inside if you have breathing difficulties. Find an indoor place that's cool and ventilated. Using an air conditioner that cools and filters air may help. If you open the windows you may let in more polluted air. If your home isn't air-conditioned, consider going to a public place (library, shopping mall, recreation centre) that is air-conditioned.