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Air quality advisory issued by Environment Canada for Thompson, Okanagan regions due to wildfire smoke

The sunset over Kamloops filtered through smoke from wildfires on July 7, 2017.
July 08, 2017 - 10:54 AM

Environment Canada has issued an air quality advisory for south central B.C. as wildfires burn throughout the province.

In collaboration with the Interior Health Authority, Environment Canada issued the advisory this morning, July 8, warning people to be aware of the poor air quality when doing any sort of outdoor activity. Due to the number and size of wildfires in B.C. at the moment the skies have become smokey and could be hazardous to people’s health, according to a press release.

The statement covers the South Thompson, Nicola, Okanagan Valley, Shuswap and North Thompson regions. While it may not appear smokey at any given moment, the conditions can vary widely due to wind, fire behaviour and temperatures.

It’s advised to avoid strenuous activities outdoors in general. People with breathing problems should stay inside in a place that’s cool and ventilated. Use air conditioners to cool and filter the air, because opening windows may let in more smoke. The concern is greater for babies, the elderly and anyone with conditions like diabetes and lung or heart disease.

People with breathing difficulties and no air conditioning at home should consider going to a place that does, like a mall, library or recreation centre.

More information on air quality can be found here.

A special weather warning is still infect for the same regions regarding the hot weather that continues through the weekend with temperatures expected in the mid-30s.

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