An air quality advisory and open burning restrictions are in effect for Port Alberni.
The Ministry of Environment (MoE) and Island Health Authority issued the warning on Jan. 3 because of high concentrations of fine particulates that are expected to continue until weather conditions change.
People with chronic underlying medical conditions are advised to postpone strenuous exercise until the advisory is lifted.
According to an MoE and Island Health press release, staying indoors and in air conditioned spaces helps to reduce fine particulate exposure. Exposure is particularly a concern for infants, the elderly and those who have diabetes, and lung or heart disease.
Open burning restrictions are in effect for the Alberni Valley within 15 kilometres of Port Alberni City Hall for three days. Restrictions state that no new fires to be started and no additional material may be added to existing fires.
For more information on current air quality, visit: www.bcairquality.ca.