Alerts for: Similkameen

Statements

9:40 PM PDT Friday 28 August 2015
Special air quality statement in effect for:

  • Similkameen

Smoky skies advisory over the entire Okanagan Valley, north and South Thompson, Similkameen, Fraser Canyon, Nicola, Shuswap and the entire Boundary and Kootenay areas.

The Ministry of Environment, in collaboration with the Interior Health Authority, has issued a smoky skies advisory for the Southern Interior and Kootenay regions. Southerly winds have continued to spread further north heavy plumes of smoke from the large wildfires burning in Washington state, resulting in high concentrations of fine particulates and poor air quality. While this episode is expected to persist until a major shift in wind patterns and weather conditions, smoke concentrations will vary widely as winds, fire behaviour and temperatures change.

Avoid strenuous outdoor activities. If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, contact your health care provider: difficulty in breathing, chest pain or discomfort, and sudden onset of cough or irritation of airways. Exposure is particularly a concern for infants, the elderly and those who have underlying medical conditions such as diabetes, and lung or heart disease.

This advisory will remain in effect until further notice.

Issued by Environment Canada and the B.C. Ministry of Environment and, if applicable, Metro Vancouver

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