Whyte Avenue fire affects local air quality

Whyte Avenue fire affects local air quality

4/8/2011

At 4:00am on April 7, 2011, I woke up to smoke pouring through the vent in my bedroom.  Was my building on fire?  I stepped outside and saw firefighters in gas masks combating a black cloud less than a hundred paces away.  When the stinging eyes and tight chest set in, we took our child and left our neighborhood for the night. Before biking to work in the morning, I made sure to check Alberta Environment’s “real time data” on Current Air Quality.  All three monitoring stations in Edmonton showed a rating of “good” at all times throughout the night, including the station closest to my home and workplace.  But when I rode out at 8:00am, I knew that I should not breathe hard that day.

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