The thick blanket of smoke covering much of the region is expected to stick around into the morning hours of Thursday before a cold front moves into the region.

Based on modeling from, the thick smoke will move south Thursday morning starting at 4 a.m., but smoky conditions will stick around into the weekend.

It's important to note, that the heavy smoke and falling ash in the Kenora area isn't from new fires burning near the community, but from fires burning in northern Ontario and eastern Manitoba.

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.