FORT ST. JOHN -- The Stoddart Creek wildfire is blowing smoke toward the Peace Region.

According to Environment Canada, there will be an increase of smoke for the region for the next 24 to 48 hours as winds blow smoke in a north-northwest direction. It may even last up to 72 hours.

The toxins in the air are 20 to 30 times more than the healthy limit with the smoke almost reaching the south coast of B.C.

There may be some relief in the next couple of days as Environment Canada forecasts a southwest wind and showers starting Saturday afternoon. Bigger storms are projected for Sunday evening.

Northern Health says poor air quality can be harmful to one’s health, especially for those with chronic conditions like asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), heart disease, diabetes, and for pregnant people, infants and children, and older adults.

Residents are advised to reduce their time outdoors, stay hydrated, avoid rigorous outdoor activities, keep windows closed and use an air filtration system.