Residents of Steinbach and area may be curious to know that the slight haze in the air over the past few days is a byproduct of forest fires in BC.
Unfortunately, the smoke is not just haze. Warning Preparedness Meteorologist with Environment Canada John-Paul Craigg cautions that the high-pressure system in Southeastern Manitoba is trapping the toxins in the smoke at ground level causing a decrease in air quality.
Craigg cautions: “People who are susceptible to [respiratory problems] should avoid strenuous activity outside and stay inside where there is filtered air as much as possible.” He adds, “If you are feeling any symptoms from the air quality issues like coughing or throat irritation it is important to quickly remove yourself from the poor breathing conditions.”
Though the smoke is severe, Craigg acknowledges these conditions should not last long. “It’s got to be a pretty specific wind direction to bring that smoke all the way from BC right there into your community so it looks like there should be a reprieve by the time we get to Friday.”