Grand Forks NewsNewsRegional News Open Burning Restricted Following Air Quality Advisory SHARE ON: Alex Skultety, staff Friday, Jan. 18th, 2019 The statement was issued by the the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, in collaboration with the Interior Health Authority. There is a special air quality statement in effect for the Grand Forks area. The statements indicates that stagnant winter weather conditions are creating elevated pollution levels. Concentrations of fine particulates are expected to persist until there is a change in current conditions. Open burning restrictions are now in effect for the area within 10 kilometres of the Grand Forks City Hall for a period of 2 days. No new fires may be initiated and no additional material may be added to existing fires. Persons with chronic underlying medical conditions should postpone strenuous exercise until the advisory is lifted. Exposure is particularly a concern for infants, the elderly and those who have diabetes, and lung or heart disease. For more information click here.