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Wednesday, August 4, 2021
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Expect forest fire smoke on and off for next week across southern Alberta

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Very smoky conditions will likely continue for a few days across the province as smoke from massive wildfires in Oregon, California and B.C. blow into our region.

Air quality statements are currently in effect for some areas including Cardston, Fort Macleod, Crowsnest Pass, Pincher Creek and Waterton and will likely remain that way on and off throughout the week.

Environment Canada’s Sara Hoffman says people should take precautions, especially those with respiratory conditions. “So if you’re outside and doing strenuous activities and you notice itchy or watery eyse, you’re coughing, or you’re finding it difficult to breathe, it’s now time to take a break. Get yourself inside to a well-ventilated area, drink some water, and take a rest.”

Hoffman says conditions may improve slightly day-to-day this week, but there’s a good chance we will see smoky and hazy conditions again on the weekend, especially for areas in the southwest.

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Air quality statements are in effect for many areas across southern British Columbia as well. Vancouver had one of the worst air quality ratings on the planet this past weekend as smoke from blazes in the U.S. Pacific Northwest push north into B.C. and now northeast into southern regions of Alberta.

Special Air Quality Statements are issued when the air quality values are dangerous to the general public, even to people without underlying health conditions.

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of New Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

On a personal note, Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and funeral assistant since 2016.

Pat is engaged to Tarah and he has two kids and two step-children.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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