November 15, 2014 - 1:17 PM
KAMLOOPS – An air quality advisory for the South Thompson region, including the City of Kamloops, has been issued by Environment Canada and the B.C. Ministry of Environment.
High concentrations of fine particulate matter are expected to persist for the next few days. Smoke from open burning and wood burning appliances are likely the cause.
In Kamloops, the Air Quality Health Index Saturday was listed as moderate by the Ministry.
People with chronic medical conditions should put off strenuous exercise until the advisory is lifted, according to an alert.
Exposure to the pollution is a concern for infants, the elderly and people who have diabetes, lung disease or heart disease.
Staying indoors and air conditioned spaces is also advised as it helps to reduce fine particulate exposure, the advisory says.
The advisory also covers a big chunk of Northern Interior and Coast including the Vanderhoof, Smithers, Telkwa, Port Alberni, Comox Valley and Kitimat areas.
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— This story was updated at 4:38 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014 to add a new image.
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