Much of the Parkland is under a special air quality statement today, including Dauphin, Gilbert Plains, Winnipegosis, Grandview, Ochre River, Ethelbert, Roblin and Riding Mountain West.

According to the Government of Manitoba's website, the smoke we are experiencing is due to numerous forest fires in northwestern Ontario and east-central Manitoba. Therefore, you can expect elevated pollution levels to occur today.

In areas affected by smoke from wildfires, Manitobans are encouraged to:

-Limit outdoor activity as well as physical activity.

-Reduce exposure to smoke by staying indoors or moving to areas with cleaner air.

-Turn off furnaces and air-conditioning units that may draw smoke indoors.

-Keep indoor air cleaner by avoiding smoking or burning other materials.

For a complete and more comprehensive view of the wildfires, visit the Government of Manitoba's conservation and climate page here.