Air Quality

High Particulates in Golden’s Air from Wildfire Smoke July 28 to August 3, 2017

Wildfires in the region continue to create very poor air quality conditions in the Golden area. Fine particulates measured at the Golden Hospital have been well above objectives. Last week levels were more than double acceptable limits on several days.

The provincial Ministry of Environment and Interior Health has issued a “Smoky Skies Bulletin” for most of southern BC. This advises residents to avoid strenuous outdoor activities. If you are experiencing difficulty in breathing, chest pain or discomfort, and sudden onset of cough or irritation of airways contact your health care provider. Exposure to fine particulates is particularly a concern for infants, the elderly and those who have underlying medical conditions such as diabetes, and lung or heart disease.

Current daily and hourly air quality readings for Golden can be found at:

http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/epd/bcairquality/readings/map/station.html#E292149