June 23: Government Warns of Health Risks from Wildfire Smoke


Because smoke from several wildfires was impacting most Yukon communities, the Chief Medical Officer of Health reminded residents to protect themselves from the hazards of smoke exposure. Smoke from forest fires can provoke minor symptoms, such as a runny nose and itchy eyes, irritated throat and sinuses, headaches or coughing. But individuals with asthma or chronic conditions can have more serious reactions.