Smoky skies across Okanagan and Similkameen valleys

OKANAGAN - A smokey skies advisory is in effect for the Okanagan and Similkameen areas, due to high levels of wildfire smoke spreading throughout the valley.

The concentration of smoke will vary as wind, fire behaviour and temperatures change. The advisory was announced Thursday morning by the B.C. Ministry of Environment.

The Ministry is advising persons with chronic underlying medical conditions to avoid strenuous exercise and outdoor activities. Anyone who experiences symptoms such as continual throat and eye irritation, chest discomfort, shortness of breath, coughing or wheezing should consult their physician. Persons with asthma, lung conditions or who react strongly to dust are at higher risk.

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