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Smoky skies bulletin issued for Kamloops and South Thompson

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June 29, 2021 - 4:12 PM

If it feels like it's getting hard to breathe in Kamloops and the South Thompson, it could be due to the worsening air quality in the region.

Environment Canada and the B.C. Ministry of Environment have issued a special air quality statement as wildfire smoke is expected in the area for the next 25 to 48 hours.

The smoky skies bulletin said air quality conditions can change quickly, and residents need to be alert for potentially worsening air quality.

The Sparks Lake wildfire has reached about 350 hectares in size since it was discovered Monday and is sending plumes of smoke into the sky north of the city. For now, wind conditions have kept the smoke away from the community.

"Wildfire smoke is a natural part of our environment but it is important to be mindful that exposure to smoke may affect your health," the bulletin reads.

The air quality health index rating in Kamloops remains at a 3, but conditions can vary from hour to hour over short distances.

People with pre-existing health conditions, older adults, pregnant women, infants and people with respiratory infections like COVID-19 are more likely to experience symptoms when exposed to wildfire smoke.

During smoky conditions, people are advised to reduce outdoor activity and drink plenty of fluids. If you have asthma or other chronic illnesses, it's advised to carry fast-acting medications with you.

For more information about wildfire smoke, air quality and your health go here.

Go here for more tips what to do when air quality advisories are issued.

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