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Saskatchewan Forest Fires Causing Smokey Manitoba Skies

June 8, 2015 12:27 PM | News

WINNIPEG — The smell of smoke in the air isn’t coming from a farmer’s field somewhere, but rather our neighbours to the west.

Environment Canada issued a special air quality statement for Winnipeg and southern Manitoba on Monday due to Saskatchewan forest fires.

“A large area of smoke from forest fires in Central and Northern Saskatchewan has spread into Central and Southern Manitoba today,” the statement read.

“The smoke is mainly aloft and is resulting in considerable haze but is not resulting in any Major reduction of air quality in most areas. However air quality may decrease at times especially in areas closer to the Saskatchewan border which may see locally poor visibility and air quality readings today into this evening.”

Environment Canada says the smoke is expected to disperse overnight into Tuesday morning, but may develop again tomorrow afternoon into the evening as northwest winds redevelop.