Air Quality Advisory Issued For Smithers

An air quality advisory has been issued for Smithers, due to high concentrations of fine particulate matter.

The Environment Ministry and Northern Health are advising people with chronic underlying medical conditions to postpone strenuous exercise until the advisory is lifted -- and to stay indoors as much as possible.

An open burn ban is also in place for the Bulkley Timber Supply Area until December 10th.

The use of woodstoves is also prohibited within Smithers, unless that's the only source of heat for a dwelling.

It's unclear when the advisory will be lifted.