The dust concentration in B.C.'s northern capital is higher than normal according to Air Quality Meteorologists.
As a result, Environment Canada has issued an air advisory for Prince George as of 9:20 a.m. this morning.
This is also in collaboration with Northern Health, who advise young children, seniors, and those with chronic conditions to stay indoors and in air-conditioned rooms until the advisory has been lifted.
Outdoor exercise is not recommended in this time and if you're experiencing eye or throat irritation, chest discomfort, shortness of breath, cough or wheezing, you're asked to contact your health care provider.
The City of Prince George's Clean Air Bylaw also takes precedence when an air quality statement is in place.
This means all open burning, including backyard burning and land clearing burning, recreational fires, use of wood-burning appliances (except for sole wood burning heat users), and street sweeping activities are prohibited.
The risk of frostbite is also imminent in Prince George, another reason why local authorities are advising to stay indoors as much as possible in this time.
If you're travelling west on Highway 16 today, statements are also in effect for Vanderhoof, Houston, and Smithers.