Smoky air can irritate

Southwestern Manitoba blanketed with smelly haze

A special air quality statement has been issued for southern Manitoba today. Wind is carrying smoke into the area from forest fires in Alberta and BC.

It could cause coughing, throat irritation, headaches or shortness of breath for children, seniors and those with heart or lung disease. Environment Canada says the smoke will likely persist today and tonight in southwestern Manitoba.

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This comes as Manitoba and Saskatchewan endure a week of above-normal temperatures that are expected to get even hotter by the weekend.

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