Smoke alert continues for south country
Environment Canada this morning issued another special air quality statement, warning of wildfire smoke over the next 24-48 hours in effect for the East Kootenay south country.
The warning includes Kimberley, Cranbrook, Yahk, Moyie, Wasa Lake Provincial Park, Jaffray, Grasmere and Roosville, as well as Kootenay Lake including Creston.
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.
If you or those in your care are exposed to wildfire smoke, consider taking extra precautions to reduce your exposure.
Wildfire smoke is a constantly-changing mixture of particles and gases which includes many chemicals that can harm your health.
Lead image: Smoke hangs over Mount Baker south of Cranbrook this morning (Oct. 9). Ian Cobb/e-KNOW photo