July 17, 2017 8:11 pm
Updated: July 17, 2017 8:13 pm

B.C. wildfire: Air quality in Kamloops, Williams Lake deemed ‘very high risk’

Wildfires are driving thousands of British Columbians from their homes and stretching the resources of fire crews. Robin Gill looks at what firefighters are up against.

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Smoke from the B.C. wildfires is reducing air quality across the province.

Environment Canada has issued air quality statements for many areas across the province, including the Okanagan Valley and the West Kootenays.

READ MORE: B.C. wildfires map 2017: Current location of wildfires around the province

The hardest-hit areas are Williams Lake and Kamloops, which both have an Air Quality Health Index rating of 10-plus, which is considered “very high risk.”

Air quality is so poor in Kamloops that some evacuees and city employees have taken to wearing masks when they’re outdoors.

On Monday, Canada Post confirmed that letter carriers were off the job due to air quality concerns.

People are being told to avoid strenuous outdoor activity and contact a health-care provider if they have difficulty breathing, chest pain, discomfort or a sudden cough.

WATCH: B.C. wildfires leave haze over Metro Vancouver

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