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UPDATE: The dust advisory has ended in Fort St. John.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Environment Canada, in collaboration with the Northern Health Authority, had issued a dust advisory for the North Peace.
The advisory had been issued for B.C.’s North Peace region, including Fort St. John, due to high concentrations of coarse particulate matter that will remain until precipitation, dust suppression or a change in traffic patterns, according to the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy.
The advisory has continued for Vanderhoof, Burns Lake, Vernon and Smithers. A dust advisory has been issued for Prince George, Williams Lake, Golden and Houston.
Exposure is a concern for those with asthma, COPD, heart disease, and COVID-19, as well as pregnant women, infants and older adults.
Those with underlying medical conditions or infections should postpone or reduce strenuous exercise until the advisory is lifted.
When appropriate, the ministry also recommends physical distancing and staying indoors.
Anyone experiencing symptoms such as continuing eye or throat irritation, chest discomfort, shortness of breath, cough or wheezing should follow the advice of their healthcare provider.
For more information on air quality advisories, visit the Government of B.C.’s website.
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