Smoke from forest fires in northwestern Ontario is having an impact on air quality in our neck of the woods.

Environment Canada has issued a special air quality advisory for southwestern Ontario with elevated particulate matter levels and hazy conditions reported.

Wildfire smoke is a constantly-changing mixture of particles and gases which includes many chemicals that can be harmful to your health.

Individuals may experience symptoms such as increased coughing, throat irritation, headaches or shortness of breath. Children, seniors, and those with cardiovascular or lung disease, such as asthma, are especially at risk.

The air quality is expected to improve today as a cold front moves into the area.