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Environment Canada continues warning of smoky skies for Thompson Okanagan

A smoky sky in Kamloops, July 23, 2021.
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July 24, 2021 - 8:58 AM

Okanagan, Shuswap and Thompson Nicola residents may continue to see smoky skies this morning.

Environment Canada issued a "smoky skies" bulletin early this morning for much of the Interior, stating many regions in B.C. are likely to be impacted by wildfire smoke in the next 24 to 48 hours.

"Variable smoke impacts from local fires continue to be expected in much of the southern and central B.C. Interior," according to Environment Canada.

In the Central Okanagan, the Air Quality Index is currently set to a rating of four, meaning those in the at risk population should consider reducing their strenuous activities outdoors.

In Kamloops, the air quality is much poorer, with a current rating of eight. Air quality is measured on a scale of one to 10, with 10 containing the most health risks. Throughout the day, the air quality in the city is expected to reach four, according to the index.

"Individuals may experience symptoms such as increased coughing, throat irritation, headaches or shortness of breath. Children, seniors, and those with cardiovascular or lung disease, such as asthma, are especially at risk," according to Environment Canada.

Additional information can be accessed online.



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