As a result of the Elaho Valley wildfire, the Air Quality Health Index is currently indicating that air quality in Squamish is 9 or “high health risk”. At this level, the following warnings are issued :
* At risk population: Reduce or reschedule strenuous activities outdoors. Children and the elderly should also take it easy.
* General population: Consider reducing or rescheduling strenuous activities outdoors if you experience symptoms such as coughing and throat irritation.
A Ministry of Environment-issued Air Quality Advisory is typically not issued until a 24-hour rolling average triggers one. We recommend not waiting for an official air quality advisory to be issued prior to taking appropriate precautions and/or seeking medical assistance, especially in the case of vulnerable populations.