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High winds expected to challenge wildfire fight

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July 23, 2017 - 8:57 AM

Changing weather conditions have prompted a warning that heavy winds could significantly impact the wildfire situation across the interior today. 

Officials at Environment Canada released a Special Weather statement this morning, July 23, across the interior, specifically, the South and North Thompson, Okanagan, Nicola and Shuswap regions.

The statement says a cold front is moving across the region, bringing unsettled weather late this afternoon and evening. It could bring strong northerly or westerly winds gusting up to 60 km/h across most of the interior. It could also bring a drop in temperature of 5 to 10 C as it passes.

Thunderstorms are also expected to develop brief showers across the Kootenays.

The B.C. Wildfire Services warns these conditions will create challenges to containing wildfires across B.C.

For more information on this statement, go here. If weather conditions persist it could be updated to a warning.

Environment Canada also has a longstanding special weather statement warning about smoky skies and poor air quality when conditions allow. 

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