Air quality in the region is being monitored a number of different ways:

Particulate Matter Data

A summary of the data collected by AEMERA’s and WBEA’s portable air quality particulate monitors (PM2.5)* from May 7 to present

Particulate matter, as a measure of the amount of smoke in air, is being monitored in a number of locations in Fort McMurray, including:

  • Provincial Courthouse (downtown)
  • Forestry warehouse (near the old airport)
  • Keyano College Industrial Campus
  • Fire Hall #1 (downtown)
  • MacDonald Island Park
  • Fort McMurray First Nation Health Centre.
  • Abasand (near École Boréal)**
  • Beacon Hill**
  • Waterways**
  • Stone Creek**

Particulate matter/PM2.5 refers to very small particles that can be inhaled into your lungs and can be a health concern, depending on the levels of particulate matter in the air. These particles are the major component of the Air Quality Health Index during fores

**These new sites, closer to clean-up areas, allow us to better monitor for potential dust that may be stirred up.

Mobile Air Monitoring Lab Data

A summary of the data collected by AEMERA’s Mobile Air Monitoring Laboratory. Includes information on hourly readings for a variety of air quality pollutants most commonly associated with forest fires, including: particulate matter (PM2.5, PM10, PM1), ozone (O3), polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and nitrogen dioxide (NO2).

The MAML was active following the evacuation and conducted daily monitoring of various neighbourhoods within the city during re-entry until June 9. The MAML can be redeployed to the area if air quality conditions worsen and additional monitoring is required.

Other Data

For other air quality monitoring data, see: