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Take a deep breath of fresh air while recalling what it was like in Kamloops one year ago

A red sun behind a smokey back drop was a familiar sight for Kamloops residents last July. This photo was taken on July 11, 2017.
July 10, 2018 - 1:30 PM

KAMLOOPS - One year ago, much of the B.C. Interior was dealing with devastating wildfires and although Kamloops was safe, the city was blanketed by smoke.

The Elephant Hill wildfire, which started burning near Ashcroft, grew to nearly 200,000 hectares at its peak and destroyed a mobile home park. It also produced an extreme amount of smoke that hung over Kamloops for weeks last summer.

Air quality in the area was arguably the worst on record, with ash falling from the sky and that thick, campfire-like smell was the norm for Kamloops residents.

It's a stark contrast to the blue sky, sunshine and white clouds that can be seen today, July 10. 

Here's what it looked like in the city one year ago.

The morning of July 10, 2017 Kamloops was blanketed by smoke.
The morning of July 10, 2017 Kamloops was blanketed by smoke.

This photo overlooking the Thompson River shows how much smoke moved into Kamloops in a period of 12 hours. The image on the the left was taken on July 9, 2017 at 9:25 p.m. and the image on the right was taken on July 10 at 8:25 a.m.
This photo overlooking the Thompson River shows how much smoke moved into Kamloops in a period of 12 hours. The image on the the left was taken on July 9, 2017 at 9:25 p.m. and the image on the right was taken on July 10 at 8:25 a.m.

Sunset in Kamloops the evening of July 7, 2017.
Sunset in Kamloops the evening of July 7, 2017.
Image Credit: FILE PHOTO

Smoke hung over the Thompson River on July 17, 2017, making the adjacent mountains almost disappear.
Smoke hung over the Thompson River on July 17, 2017, making the adjacent mountains almost disappear.

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