Smoke from the B.C. wildfires is causing a mixed reaction among local residents and outdoor workers.
Speaking with local workers that spend their days outside, some say they are not feeling the effects of the smoke in the air. Primarily they say because they're out in the dust and elements and they are used to the day to day effects that it has on their breathing.
Local residents, however, are feeling the effects, Stacy Devine, a member of the Strathmore Run Club says," The air quality is terrible, this is prime race season and Strathmore has a lot of runners. We look forward to summer to take our training off the treadmill and into the great outdoors. It is good for our bodies and our brains and with all the smoke in the air it feels like we are being shut down by mother nature."
Speaking to local families playing at Kinsmen park the parents said they try very hard to get their children out to exercise and get away from the computers and video games, however on the really smokey days they do have to stay home.
With the state of emergency being issued in B.C. and the wildfires continuing to burn, the smoke and air quality will be an ongoing concern. Environment Canada advises that anyone with respiratory issues stay indoors if possible. During a wildfire, smoke conditions can change quickly over short distances and can vary considerably hour-by-hour. Air quality is expected to be intermittently poor for the remainder of the week.