Fort Air Partnership recently released their third quarter Air Quality Health Index (AQHI) results.
In a nutshell, air quality in and around Alberta's Industrial Heartland was greatly impacted by forest fire smoke over the summer.
"So we had a number of high and very high readings and a number of moderate readings, mainly aquitted to forest fires and smoke coming out of British Columbia and some fires that were occuring in Alberta," said Godfrey Huybregts, comminications director at Fort Air Partnership.
Health risks associated with an AQHI level increases as the index level rises. Lamont County had the highest percentage of low risk readings and Gibbons had the least.
All stations were in the low risk category more than 92 per cent of the time.
Of the time calculated (from July 1 - September 30), 48 hours reached a high risk category.
Local residents can check the forecast and daily AQHI readings at fortair.org.