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Posted: August 11, 2022

Smoky skies warning for Elk Valley

Environment Canada this morning issued a special air quality statement in effect for the Elk Valley.

The regions of B.C. being impacted or are likely to be impacted by wildfire smoke over the next 24-48 hours include the Elk Valley and East Columbia including Golden, as well as West Kootenay including Nelson, Castlegar, Trail and Rossland.

“Widespread wildfire activity across the Southern Interior continues to impact the air quality in localized areas, as smoke can get trapped in valleys when the daytime heating and atmospheric mixing does not allow for the smoke to disperse into the upper atmosphere,” 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, 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.

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