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Environment Canada issues air quality report for Sudbury -- currently showing the risk is low to moderate

Forest fires in Northwestern Ontario and Manitoba affecting the air quality in the rest of Ontario

Forest fires in Northwestern Ontario and Eastern Manitoba have prompted Environment Canada to issue air quality warnings for almost all parts of Northern Ontario showing there is a risk of air pollution. The latest warning was issued at 1:23 p.m. 

The report said some individuals 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.

Based on the information from Environment Canada, Sudbury's Air Quality Health Index (AQHI) is currently rated at three (low risk) for Sunday afternoon and Sunday evening.

That risk might increase to five on Monday (moderate risk).

Along with the risk rating, Health Canada has issued a health chart advising what outdoor activities are normal and/or advisable when the air quality index reaches a certain level.

For the low risk category, the advice the advice is to carry on and enjoy the outdoors for now.  In Sudbury the risk for the past 24 hours has been unchanged at low risk.