Forest fire smoke sparks air quality statement for Hamilton, Burlington


Environment Canada has issued an air quality statement for Hamilton and Burlington on Monday, warning high levels of air pollution are possible because of forest fires in northwestern Ontario.

The smoke is causing poor air quality and reducing visibility, according to the weather authority.

The statement notes the air quality could decrease if the smoke drops to ground level and cautions those with cardiovascular or lung diseases, such as asthma, may be especially at risk.

"Wildfire smoke is a constantly-changing mixture of particles and gases which includes many chemicals that can be harmful to your health," it reads.

"Individuals may experience symptoms such as increased coughing, throat irritation, headaches or shortness of breath."

More than 130 forest fires were reportedly burning in northwestern Ontario on Sunday.