Local Air Quality Impacted by Weather, Forest Fires

Local Air Quality Impacted by Weather, Forest Fires

Posted on Wednesday June 03, 2015 at 01:30PM

Fort Air Partnership, June 2, 2015 - For the most part, air quality in and around Alberta's Industrial Heartland is good. FAP's 2014 statistics show Air Quality Health Index (AQHI) readings were within air quality standards the vast majority of the time.

However, recent forest fires in northern Alberta have caused local AQHI ratings to fluctuate between low and high. In 2014, there were 22 hours when the AQHI ratings were in the high risk category. These were caused by forest fires and winter temperature inversions.

Weather is an important factor in air quality. For example, wind breaks up and disperses regional substances such as ozone and particular matter. In the spring and summer when the air is hot and the wind is calm, these two substances can accumulate at ground level and lead to high risk AQHI readings.

As a public service, FAP displays current and forecast AQHI readings on the homepage of its website. The public can also look up a near real time live date feed for any substance tracked by all eight of FAP’s continuous air monitoring stations.

Local residents are encouraged to check FAP’s website often for current and forecast air quality conditions. General health guidelines for the public regarding AQHI readings, the corresponding levels of risk, and what activities are appropriate given the risk are also on the website. FAP also post links to air quality health advisories when they occur.

See more at: http://www.fortair.org/news-events/whats-new/

Author: Lamont County Now


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