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Posted: August 10, 2019

Smoky skies bulletin issued for region

Environment Canada has (August 10) issued a Smoky Skies Bulletin covering the entire southeastern B.C. Interior, including the East Kootenay.

“The change in the weather has resulted in smoke being advected into more areas. It is not clear how much of the smoke is from the Eagle Bluff fire near Oliver, but smoke transport models indicate that smoke from fires in Washington State is moving into B.C.,” Environment Canada reported.

“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, the elderly, pregnant women and infants, children, and sensitive individuals are more likely to experience health effects from smoke exposure,” Environment Canada advises.

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

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The Smoky Skies Bulletin covers all the East Kootenay except Kootenay National Park.

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