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Wildfires In Alberta Have Created Apocalyptic Conditions (PHOTOS)

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Remember the hazy conditions we experienced in Vancouver last summer? Well, now the wildfires in Alberta have created an apocalyptic atmosphere throughout the province.

As of Thursday, the Chuckegg Creek Wildfire had grown to 230,000 hectares in size. When previously counted, the fire only measured 150,000.

With no choice, another 4,500 people were forced from their homes over the last 24 hours due to smoke from fires in the northern Alberta region. According to reports, the fire is spreading fast and travelling at a rate of about 23 metres a minute.

Wildfires In Alberta

As of Friday morning, the following locations in Alberta have special air quality statements issued for them:

  • Airdrie – Cochrane – Olds – Sundre
  • Brooks – Strathmore – Vulcan
  • Cardston – Fort Macleod – Magrath
  • City of Calgary
  • City of Edmonton – St. Albert – Sherwood Park
  • Crowsnest Pass – Pincher Creek – Waterton Lakes Nat. Park
  • Cypress Hills Provincial Park – Foremost
  • Drayton Valley – Devon – Rimbey – Pigeon Lake
  • Drumheller – Three Hills
  • Fort Chipewyan – Wood Buffalo National Park
  • Fort Saskatchewan – Vegreville – Redwater – Smoky Lake
  • Grande Prairie – Beaverlodge – Valleyview
  • Hanna – Coronation – Oyen
  • High Level – Rainbow Lake – Fort Vermilion – Mackenzie Hwy
  • Hinton – Grande Cache
  • Jasper National Park
  • Kananaskis – Canmore
  • Leduc – Camrose – Wetaskiwin – Tofield
  • Lethbridge – Taber – Milk River
  • Lloydminster – Wainwright – Vermilion – Provost
  • Medicine Hat – Bow Island – Suffield
  • Nordegg – Forestry Trunk Road Highway 734
  • Okotoks – High River – Claresholm
  • Peace River – Fairview – High Prairie – Manning
  • Red Deer – Ponoka – Innisfail – Stettler
  • Rocky Mountain House – Caroline
  • Slave Lake
  • Spruce Grove – Morinville – Mayerthorpe – Evansburg
  • Wabasca – Peerless Lake – Gift Lake – Cadotte Lake
  • Westlock – Barrhead – Athabasca
  • Whitecourt – Edson – Fox Creek – Swan Hills

Here’s what the thick haze looks like throughout Alberta:

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According to Health Services Alberta, the biggest health risk comes from small particles in the smoke.

“These particles can get in the eyes and respiratory system, which can cause burning eyes, a runny nose, coughing, or illnesses like bronchitis”.

You might have problems earlier and at lower smoke levels if you:

  • Have heart or lung disease (e.g., congestive heart failure, angina, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, emphysema, asthma)
  • Are an older adult (especially if you have heart or lung disease)
  • Are pregnant.
  • Are a smoker.
  • Are a child. Smoke can be more harmful to children because their respiratory systems are still developing, they breathe in more air than adults, and they are more likely to be active outside.
  • Are involved in strenuous outdoor work or outdoor sports.

For wildfire status updates, click here.

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