Wildfire smoke is reducing local air quality. Smoke from a forest fire near Upper Tantallon has reduced visibility and air quality in the area downwind of the fire. Southwest winds have allowed smoke to spread eastward to communities east of Halifax Metro. Visibility conditions may vary locally as wind and fire behaviours change.

Wildfire smoke can be harmful to everyone’s health even at low concentrations. Everyone can take action to reduce their exposure to wildfire smoke.

People with lung disease (such as asthma) or heart disease, older adults, children, pregnant people, and people who work outdoors are at higher risk of experiencing health effects caused by wildfire smoke. Speak with your health care provider about developing a management plan for wildfire smoke events and maintaining a supply of necessary medications at home and always carrying these medications with you during wildfire season.
Stop or reduce your activity level if breathing becomes uncomfortable or you or someone in your care feel unwell. Contact your health care provider or local health authority if you develop severe symptoms or need advice.