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Air quality falling in Kamloops, Shuswap thanks to wildfire smoke

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July 27, 2017 - 10:27 AM

KAMLOOPS - The area covered by a smoky skies bulletin has expaned into the South Thompson and the Shuswap thanks to wildfires burning in the region and changing weather conditions.

The Ministry of Environment along with the Interior Health Authority have expanded the area covered by the bulletin due to changing conditions, according to a release. The North Thompson region was already a part of the alert covering a wide section of the Central Interior.

The smoke, which is either expected or already occurring in the impacted areas, is causing poor air quality and reduced visibility, the bulletin states. Due to winds, fire behaviour and temperature changes, smoke concentrations will vary.

People living in the impacted areas are told to avoid strenuous outdoor activity and to contact a heath care provider if you have difficulty breathing, experience chest pain or discomfort,irritated airways, or coughing. The bulletin also advises caution for infants, the elderly, or anybody with underlying medical conditions.

If you are having issues with breathing it is recommended you stay inside where it is cool and well ventilated.

The smoky skies bulletin is in effect until further notice.

For more information on air quality click here.

For the very latest forecasts, alerts, warnings, bulletins and special weather statements check out the Environment Canada website.

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