‘High risk’ air quality in Milton prompts return of fire ban

Published June 30, 2023 at 10:23 am

The wildfires in northern Quebec and northeast Ontario are once again affecting the air quality.

Poor air quality in Milton has prompted a high-risk health warning and has led to the return of the ban on open fires.

Ontario’s Air Quality Health Index (AQHI), shows that Milton has a rating of 8 today (June 30) on a scale of one to 10. The higher the number the greater the health risks.

Under the current conditions, those with heart or breathing problems are at greater risk. These people are advised to reduce or reschedule strenuous activities outdoors. Children and the elderly should also take it easy.

For people without underlying health issues, it is recommended to reduce or reschedule strenuous activities outdoors if you experience symptoms such as coughing and throat irritation.

The high-risk conditions are expected to continue in Milton until early tomorrow.

The current air quality conditions exist because of the smoke from the wildfires in Northern Ontario and Quebec which has been pushed into this area because of weather and wind conditions.

So as not to add to the smokey conditions, Milton has brought back its burn ban that is expected to last throughout the Canada Day long weekend.

During the ban, all temporary burn permits are cancelled and there is no opening burning allowed.

Both gas and charcoal barbecues continue to be allowed.







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