Changing weather patterns are bringing B.C. wildfire smoke back to the Fort Saskatchewan area.
 
Environment Canada issued a special air quality statement on Wednesday morning (Aug.22), advising people with breathing difficulties to stay indoors.

"Smoke is causing poor air quality and reducing visibility,” the weather office said in a statement.
 
The advisory is in effect for Fort Saskatchewan, Elk Island National Park, Strathcona County, Sturgeon County and Lamont County.
 
According to Environment Canada meteorologist Dan Kulak, a large plume of smoke is on its way into the central part of the province, with the smoke expected to thicken in the later part of the afternoon.
 
The heat is set to return as well, with a predicted high of 29 C for Wednesday.
 
“A day you probably want to try to find some air conditioning indoors," Kulak said.
 
Environment Canada predicts the smoke will linger in the region until late this week.
 
Air quality values will likely get worse as the dense area of smoke moves across the province, Kulak added. Just how bad the air gets will depend on how much smoke makes it down to lower air.
 
Over the past two weeks, the local Air Quality Health Index (AQHI) exceeded the very high range three times.

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