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Special Air Quality Statement

Issued at 15:42 Tuesday 07 July 2015
Summary

Air quality advisories for most of the BC South Coast will continue because of high concentrations of fine particulate matter due to wildfire smoke. Smoky skies advisories have also been issued for most of the Southern Interior because of forest fire smoke that is affecting the area. For more information on current air quality, see: www.bcairquality.ca. July 7, 2015 Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley. Metro Vancouver is continuing an air quality advisory for Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley because of high concentrations of fine particulate matter, due to smoke from wildfires outside our region. More favourable wind conditions have resulted in air quality improvements overnight but wildfire smoke remains in the region and in surrounding areas. This advisory is expected to continue until there is a change in the current weather. Metro Vancouver works in cooperation with Environment Canada, the Fraser Valley regional district and B.C. Ministry of Environment to look after air quality. July 7, 2015 sea-to-sky corridor. The Ministry of Environment in collaboration with the Vancouver coastal health authority is continuing the wildfire smoke advisory for the sea-to-sky corridor and surrounding areas because of forest fire smoke that is affecting areas from Howe Sound through Squamish and Whistler to Pemberton and surrounding areas. Smoke concentrations will vary widely as winds, fire behaviour and temperatures change. This situation is expected to persist until meteorological conditions change. July 7, 2015 Sunshine Coast. The Ministry of Environment in collaboration with the Vancouver coastal health authority is continuing the wildfire smoke advisory for the Sunshine Coast and surrounding areas because of forest fire smoke that is affecting areas from Powell River to gibsons/langdale and surrounding areas. Smoke concentrations will vary widely as winds, fire behaviour and temperatures change. This situation is expected to persist until meteorological conditions change. July 7, 2015 Nanaimo. The Ministry of Environment in collaboration with island health is continuing a wildfire smoke advisory for the east and South Coast of Vancouver Island from Campbell River to Victoria, including the interior community of Port Alberni, because of forest fire smoke that is affecting most areas. Smoke concentrations will vary widely as winds, fire behaviour and temperatures change. This situation is expected to persist until meteorological conditions change. July 7, 2015 Penticton. The Ministry of Environment, in collaboration with the Interior Health Authority, has issued a smoky skies advisory for the entire Okanagan, Similkameen and boundary areas because of forest fire smoke that is affecting the area. Smoke concentrations will vary widely as winds, fire behaviour and temperatures change. July 7, 2015 Kamloops. The Ministry of Environment, in collaboration with the Interior Health Authority, has issued a smoky skies advisory for the entire Thompson, Fraser Canyon, Nicola, and Shuswap areas because of forest fire smoke that is covering the area. Smoke concentrations will vary widely as winds, fire behaviour and temperatures change. Persons with chronic underlying medical conditions should postpone strenuous exercise until the advisory is lifted. Staying indoors and in air conditioned spaces helps to reduce fine particulate exposure. Exposure is particularly a concern for infants, the elderly and those who have diabetes, and lung or heart disease. 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. If you are experiencing symptoms, avoid strenuous outdoor activities, especially along busy traffic corridors.

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