Smoky skies alert for Cranbrook and Kimberley
Environment Canada has issued a special air quality statement in effect for the Cranbrook and Kimberley areas due to wildfire smoke.
The two-city area is expected to be impacted by wildfire smoke over the next 24-48 hours, as well as the Kootenay Lake/Creston area, Environment Canada’s Smoky Skies Bulletin said.
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, Environment Canada noted.
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 billows east from the Connell Ridge wildfire about 15 km south of Cranbrook today (August 3). Ian Cobb/e-KNOW photo