Air quality advisory issued for Port Alberni

Open burning is banned within the city of Port Alberni until end of day Nov. 29.

The Ministry of Environment has issued an Air Quality Advisory for Port Alberni.

“Effective immediately and until end of day on Sunday, Nov. 29, I am imposing a temporary ban on outdoor burning in the city this is in response to an air quality advisory in the Alberni Valley issued by the Ministry of Environment,” said Port Alberni fire Chief Tim Pley.

“During the temporary ban only campfires are permitted. The use of woodstove is not affected by this ban.”

Open burning restrictions as per bylaw #4876 are now in effect for the Alberni Valley within 15 kilometres of the Port Alberni City Hall until end of day on Sunday, Nov. 29.

Persons with chronic underlying medical conditions should postpone strenuous exercise until the advisory is lifted. Staying indoors and in air conditioned spaces helps to reduce fine particulate exposure. Exposure is particularly a concern for infants, the elderly and those who have diabetes, and lung or heart disease.