The forest fire smoke that has been blanketing the region for a few days will continue through the holiday weekend and even longer according to Environment Canada.

“The winds tomorrow (Saturday, July 31, 2021) especially are going to be coming from the north blowing in smoke from some of the more active fires to the north,” said Steven Flisfeder Environment Canada Warning Preparedness Meteorologist

Flisfeder did note that after Saturday the smoke could let up and cause less concentration of fire smoke, but with the forest fire situation, the smoke will continue to cover the skies throughout the summer.

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 gases which includes many chemicals that can be harmful to your health.

Individuals may experience symptoms such as increased coughing, throat irritation, headaches, or shortness of breath. Children, seniors, and those with cardiovascular or lung disease, such as asthma, are especially at risk.

A 30 per cent chance of showers is in the forecast for today but according to Flisfeder that is the only sign of rain, the area will see this weekend.

To date, there are 148 active fires in the northwest region. A total of 59 fires are not under control, seven fires are being held, 22 fires are under control and 60 fires are being observed.