388  
WOCN21 CWVR 211823  
SPECIAL AIR QUALITY STATEMENT  
FOR YUKON  
UPDATED BY ENVIRONMENT CANADA AND THE GOVERNMENT OF YUKON  
AT 11:23 A.M. PDT SUNDAY 21 JULY 2019.  
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SPECIAL AIR QUALITY STATEMENT FOR:  
OLD CROW.  
 
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==DISCUSSION==  
 
ELEVATED POLLUTION LEVELS ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING.  
 
AIR QUALITY ADVISORY FOR OLD CROW  
 
THE OFFICE OF YUKON'S CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER OF HEALTH HAS ISSUED AN  
AIR QUALITY ADVISORY FOR THE OLD CROW REGION DUE TO CONTINUED HIGH  
CONCENTRATIONS OF WILDFIRE SMOKE.  
 
WILDFIRES IN ALASKA CONTINUE TO RESULT IN PERIODS OF INCREASED  
CONCENTRATIONS OF SMOKE IN THE OLD CROW REGION. PLEASE NOTE THAT  
THERE IS NO IMMEDIATE WILDFIRE THREAT TO OLD CROW OR ANY OTHER YUKON  
COMMUNITIES.  
 
SMOKE CAN IMPACT YOUR HEALTH IF IT LINGERS IN YOUR COMMUNITY. PLEASE  
OBSERVE THE FOLLOWING RECOMMENDATIONS:  
 
- YOU MAY EXPERIENCE SYMPTOMS SUCH AS INCREASED COUGHING, EYE OR  
THROAT IRRITATION, OR SHORTNESS OF BREATH. IF YOU ARE EXPERIENCING  
SYMPTOMS, LIMIT OUTDOOR ACTIVITY AND/OR STRENUOUS PHYSICAL  
ACTIVITY(SEMICOLON) IF BREATHING BECOMES DIFFICULT OR UNCOMFORTABLE,  
STOP OR REDUCE THE ACTIVITY.  
 
- MAKE SURE YOU IDENTIFY AND SUPPORT THOSE WHO ARE AT INCREASED RISK  
FROM WILDFIRE SMOKE. THESE INCLUDE SMALL CHILDREN, ELDERS, PREGNANT  
WOMEN, AND THOSE WITH LUNG OR HEART DISEASE.  
 
- IF YOU HAVE A HEALTH CONDITION THAT COULD WORSEN WITH THE SMOKE  
(ASTHMA, CHRONIC LUNG DISEASE OR COPD, OR HEART DISEASE) CHECK IN  
WITH YOUR HEALTH CARE PROVIDER TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU HAVE A PLAN FOR  
MANAGING YOUR CONDITION. MAKE SURE YOUR MEDICATIONS AND SUPPLIES ARE  
AVAILABLE AND UP-TO-DATE.  
 
- REDUCE EXPOSURE TO SMOKY AIR BY STAYING INDOORS AND TURNING ON AN  
AIR CLEANER WITH A HEPA FILTER, IF YOU HAVE ONE. KEEP INDOOR AIR AS  
CLEAN AS POSSIBLE BY AVOIDING SMOKING OR BURNING OTHER MATERIALS.  
 
- IF YOUR SYMPTOMS WORSEN OR YOU ARE CONCERNED ABOUT YOUR HEALTH OR  
THE HEALTH OF A FRIEND/FAMILY MEMBER, CONTACT THE HEALTH LINE AT  
811, CONTACT YOUR HEALTH CARE PROVIDER, OR GO TO YOUR COMMUNITY  
HEALTH CENTRE OR HOSPITAL EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT.  
 
- FOR ADVICE ABOUT KEEPING YOUR HOME AIR CLEAN AND COOL VISIT  
WWW.HSS.GOV.YK.CA/WILDFIRESMOKE.PHP  
 
- TO VIEW AN HOURLY FORECAST OF SMOKE CONDITIONS IN YUKON, VISIT  
WWW.FIRESMOKE.CA/FORECASTS/CURRENT  
 
IF YOU OR THOSE IN YOUR CARE ARE EXPOSED TO WILDFIRE SMOKE, CONSIDER  
TAKING EXTRA PRECAUTIONS TO REDUCE YOUR EXPOSURE. WILDFIRE SMOKE IS  
A CONSTANTLY-CHANGING MIXTURE OF PARTICLES AND GASSES WHICH INCLUDES  
MANY CHEMICALS THAT CAN HARM YOUR HEALTH. FOR MORE DETAILS, PLEASE  
CONSULT  
WWW.CANADA.CA/EN/ENVIRONMENT-CLIMATE-CHANGE/SERVICES/AIR-QUALITY-HEALTH-INDEX/WILDFIRE-SMOKE.HTML.  
 
VISIT WWW.AIRHEALTH.CA FOR INFORMATION ON HOW TO REDUCE YOUR HEALTH  
RISK AND YOUR PERSONAL CONTRIBUTION TO POLLUTION LEVELS, AS WELL AS  
FOR CURRENT AND FORECAST AQHI VALUES.  
 
PLEASE CONTINUE TO MONITOR ALERTS AND FORECASTS ISSUED BY  
ENVIRONMENT CANADA.  
 
HTTP://WEATHER.GC.CA  
 
END/PSPC  
 
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