Air quality statement in effect for Mississauga and southern Ontario due to active forest fires

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Published July 25, 2021 at 7:45 pm

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A special air quality statement has been issued today (July 25) for much of the region including Mississauga, Brampton, Hamilton and Halton.

High levels of air pollution are possible due to a combination of smoke and ground level ozone from forest fires in the northwest area of the province.

“Smoke plumes from active forest fires in northwestern Ontario might affect portions of southern Ontario this afternoon. Particulate matter combining with ground level ozone may deteriorate the air quality,” says Environment Canada.

“Conditions may persist into Monday.”

Soem residents may experience symptoms such as increased coughing, throat irritation, headaches, or shortness of breath. Children, seniors, and those with cardiovascular or lung disease such as asthma, are especially at risk.

More information on wildfire smoke and air quality can be found at Environment Canada’s website.

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