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Thousands of Canadians have been forced to evacuate from raging wildfires. Now thexa0smoke is making air quality dangerous

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Thousands of people in Canada were urged to evacuate due to wildfires, which have caused poor air quality and reduced visibility. Approximately 3,200 residents in northeastern British Columbia were under evacuation orders as the Parker Lake fire continued to spread. In Alberta, evacuation alerts were issued as the MWF-017 wildfire expanded. Smoke from the fires has led to a special air quality statement from Environment Canada, affecting areas from British Columbia to Ontario. The smoke is expected to persist for the next 24-48 hours, with conditions improving in some provinces on Sunday night. Parts of Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Ontario may also experience poor air quality and reduced visibility due to the smoke. Last year, Canadian wildfires affected air quality in the United States. Officials warned that those at higher risk from smoke exposure include individuals with lung and heart diseases, the elderly, pregnant women, children, and outdoor workers. Evacuation orders were in place for the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality and the Fort Nelson First Nation. Utilities and communications could be impacted, and resources are limited due to prioritizing evacuations. Evacuation alerts were also active in parts of Alberta. Firefighting efforts continue with the assistance of air support and heavy equipment, and fire restrictions remain in effect.