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Special Air Quality StatementIssued at 11:26 Friday 19 August 2022
Smoke is causing poor air quality and reducing visibility. Smoke is expected or occurring.
Smoky Skies Bulletin — August 19, 2022
The following regions are being impacted or are likely to be impacted by wildfire smoke over the next 24 - 48 hours: 100 Mile, Shuswap, West Columbia, East Columbia, Yoho Park - Kootenay Park, Arrow Lakes - Slocan Lake, West Kootenay, Kootenay Lake, East Kootenay and Elk Valley.
Wildfire activity over the past 24 hours has contributed to increased haze and smoke over sections of SE BC.
The next bulletin update will be available August 20, 2022.
The bulletin can be accessed online at:
During a wildfire, smoke conditions can change quickly over short
distances and can vary considerably hour-by-hour.
Wildfire smoke is a natural part of our environment but it is important to be mindful that exposure to smoke may affect your health.
People with pre-existing health conditions, respiratory infections
such as COVID-19, older adults, pregnant women and infants,
children, and sensitive individuals are more likely to experience health
effects from smoke exposure.
People with lung diseases, such as asthma and COPD, can be particularly sensitive to air pollution. They will generally experience more serious health effects at lower levels. Pollution can aggravate their diseases, leading to increased medication use, doctor and emergency room visits, and hospital visits.
For more information on current air quality, visit www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/environment/air-land-water/air.
Visit www.airhealth.ca for information on how to reduce your health risk and your personal contribution to pollution levels, as well as for current and forecast AQHI values.
Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada.