On Tuesday, Jan. 5, the Ministry of Environment in collaboration with Island Health Authority issued a new Air Quality Advisory for Courtenay/Comox/Cumberland because of high concentrations of fine particulates that are expected to persist until weather conditions change.
Persons with chronic underlying medical conditions should postpone strenuous exercise until the advisory is lifted. 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 now in effect for the Comox Valley within 15 kilometres of Courtenay City Hall for a period of three days. No new fires may be initiated and no additional material may be added to existing fires.