How to stay informed about air quality and wildfire smoke

Publication Date: August 21, 2023

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Smoke from B.C.’s wildfires has moved in over Whistler, affecting the air quality in the resort. 

As of the morning of Monday, August 21, the Air Quality Health Index (AQHI) in Whistler is rated at a “5-Moderate Risk.” At a 5, the following are recommended: 

  • At risk population – Consider reducing or rescheduling strenuous activities outdoors if you are experiencing symptoms. 
  • General population – No need to modify your usual outdoor activities unless you experience symptoms such as coughing and throat irritation. 

The AQHI is forecast to worsen to a rating of 6 later on Monday, but improve heading into Tuesday. 

It’s important to know where to find the information you need when air quality is affected. The following are some resources and websites that can help keep you informed on air quality and smoke in Whistler: 

While Whistler is fortunate to not be directly affected by wildfires at this time, we would like to remind you of the importance of emergency preparedness. A key part of this is signing up for Whistler Alert, Whistler’s emergency notification service. Whistler Alert informs you by text, phone and email of emergencies that may impact you. Whistler Alert is available to both residents and visitors. To sign up: Whistler Alert | Resort Municipality of Whistler 

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