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Posted: July 12, 2021

Smoky Skies Bulletin issued

Environment Canada this afternoon issued a Smoky Skies Bulletin covering much of the East Kootenay.

Several regions in the B.C. Interior are being impacted or are likely to be impacted by wildfire smoke over the next 24-48 hours. Smoke may be widespread in some regions due to many active fires. Smaller fires in some regions may contribute to locally degraded air quality conditions. Localized precipitation may temporarily alleviate smoke conditions in some areas, Environment Canada stated.

The next bulletin update will be available July 13.

Individuals may experience symptoms such as increased coughing, throat irritation, headaches or shortness of breath. Children, seniors, and those with cardiovascular or lung disease, such as asthma, are especially at risk.

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 gasses which includes many chemicals that can harm your health. Go here for more details.

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