Alberta and British Columbia are joining forces to develop a forecasting system to provide residents with up to 48-hours notice of anticipated forest-fire smoke.

The BlueSky Western Canada Smoke Forecasting System combines forest-fire information with weather-forecast computer models.

“Impacted areas and health agencies need as much advance warning as possible,” said Alberta Environment Minister Rob Renner. “Our combined efforts ... will ensure Albertans and British Columbians have the information they need during fire season.”

The Alberta government contributed $25,000 to the new system.