Wildfire smoke is spreading again. Here's how you can protect your health

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As intense wildfires continue to send smoke drifting across parts of British Columbia and the Northwest Territories, experts say it’s important for residents to keep an eye on their health.

Here are some common questions about the risks of wildfire smoke and reminders on how you can help protect yourself when air quality plummets.

Why is wildfire smoke bad for your health?

Wildfire smoke contains a hazardous mixture of gases, pollutants and pieces of debris known as particles. The particles are produced when fire burns through trees, grass and buildings — including homes, which contain harmful household materials like

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