Environment Canada has issued a special air quality statement for Kenora, Dryden, Vermilion Bay and the surrounding communities.

Smoke is causing poor air quality and reducing visibility.

High levels of air pollution due to smoke from ongoing forest fires.

Smoke plumes from active fires in northwestern Ontario and eastern Manitoba will affect the area today and tonight. Poor air quality and reduced visibilities are expected, particularly in areas closer to the fires.

Conditions are expected to improve on Tuesday as a cold front sweeps through northern Ontario and winds become more northerly.

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.