Alberta Health Services has issued a precautionary air quality advisory for the Central Region, including Drumheller due to forest fires burning in British Columbia.
At last word there were more than 200 fires burning around the province, most of them still out of control.
"The warning was just precautionary that things might deteriorate over the next few days," remarked Dr. Digby Horne, Medical Officer of Health for AHS Central Zone. "(It's) kind of a double issue with heat and possibly smoke in the air."
"The greatest problems are usually for people with underlying respiratory or heart conditions, but over the next few days there might be increased amounts of smoke," he cautioned. "Take reasonable precautions like maybe avoid a particular time of day if it's smoky for your outside activities."
Environment Canada's forecast for Drumheller calls for daytime highs to move back into the 30's by Thursday and remain there into the weekend, which Dr. Horne says could exacerbate the problem.
"The recommendation strictly for avoiding the smoke is to keep the circulation fans and vents closed and avoid drawing in more fresh (smoky) air form the outside," he outlined.
If you feel like you're going to melt, check the air outside for a smoky smell and turn fans or air conditioners on when things appear to be at their clearest.
Information about the air quality in many areas of Alberta is updated hourly on the Alberta Environment Air Quality Website: http://airquality.alberta.ca. Air quality information is also available by phone, toll-free, at 1-877-247-7333.