A Special Air Quality Statement is in effect for southeastern Manitoba as a band of wildfire smoke is moving southwards through the province. 

Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) notes the smoke is causing poor air quality and reduced visibility. 

Conditions are expected to improve as the day goes on. Meanwhile, you might want to consider reducing your time outdoors, especially if you are at higher risk of experiencing health effects caused by wildfire smoke. 

Here is some information from ECCC that might be useful in dealing with the smoky conditions: 

People respond differently to smoke. Mild irritation and discomfort are common, and usually disappear when the smoke clears. Drinking lots of water can help your body cope with the smoke. 

 If you have an HVAC system in your home, use the highest rated MERV filter for your system (ideally rated 13 or higher) and set the fan to recirculate air constantly. You can also use a portable High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) air cleaner.  

Keep your doors and windows closed if the temperature in your home is comfortable.  

Take a break from the smoke at a location in your community where you can find clean, cool air. If you must spend time outdoors, a well-fitted respirator type mask (such as a NIOSH certified N95 or equivalent respirator) that does not allow air to pass through small openings between the mask and face, can help reduce your exposure to the fine particles in smoke. 

Farmer working a field near St. Adolphe Sunday morning in smoky conditions.A farmer working a field near St. Adolphe Sunday morning.