Fort Air Partnership - Annual Air Monitoring Results
The Fort Air Partnership provides Air Quality Health Index (AQHI) information for Lamont County and surrounding communities. It monitors air quality within a 4,500 square kilometer airshed located immediately north and east of Edmonton. It also monitors air quality daily, providing reports and updates on its website (and in social media starting in 2022).
Wildfire smoke was by far the most frequent contributor to high risk and very high risk AQHI ratings measured at Fort Air Partnership’s monitoring stations in 2021. While the low risk AQHI ratings remained fairly static from 2020, the number of hours experienced with high risk and very high risk AQHI increased from the previous year.
In 2021, there were 297 hours of high risk and 84 hours of very high risk AQHI ratings. These hours were spread relatively evenly across FAP’s continuous monitoring stations, illustrating the regional effect of wildfire smoke across the Airshed in July and October. By comparison, in 2020, there were only 16 hours of high risk and no hours of very high risk AQHI ratings. (Wildfire smoke was minimal in the FAP Airshed in 2020.)
In 2021, there were 473 occurrences across FAP’s ten monitoring stations where air quality measurements exceeded Alberta’s Ambient Air Quality Objectives. This is compared to 33 exceedances in 2020. 94% of the exceedances that occurred in 2021 were due to increased levels of fine particulate matter from wildfire smoke.