Some wild forest fires have been burning in the central part of British Columbia and that smoke is now blowing into Alberta.

On Monday, July 17, Drumheller and surrounding areas were issued an air advisory.

"We've issued a precautionary advisory because we anticipate that the air quality will likely vary over the next few days, as long as the fires in BC are burning. We could see bad air quality all depending on which way the winds are blowing and what the weather conditions are like," explained Dr. Gerry Predui, a Medical Officer of Health with Alberta Health Services.

Those individuals who suffer from cardiovascular or lung disease are most at risk for symptoms to occur.

"What they should do is close all doors and windows, as well as minimize any activities outside. If they do develop any worsening symptoms, for example if they have asthma and their medication isn't responding, they should check in with their doctor," Dr. Predui outlined.

"People could experience some eye, throat or nose irritation. Again, if things are that bad then minimize activities outdoors and stay indoors as much as possible."

If someone wants to find out more information on air quality and how to protect themselves, how can they do so?

"There is an air quality website, it's www.airhealth.ca that people can go to," Dr. Predui concluded.

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