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July 31, 2017 12:36 pm EST

Smoke from U.S. wildfires visible in southern B.C.

File photo of a hazy sun in Penticton.

Bruce Merit

Smoke from a large fire burning in Washington State is visible in south central B.C., particularly in the Penticton Fire Zone and much of southern B.C.

In a release, B.C. Wildfire Service says the smoke is expected to be seen in the area for the next few days. Smoke visibility can pose a challenge for firefighters as it will make detecting new fires difficult.

Smoke concentrations vary and are caused by temperature changes, wind, and fire behaviour.

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South central B.C. is currently experiencing elevated fire danger ratings, from “high” to “extreme” throughout the region. Officials are reminding the public to be vigilant as all human-caused fires are preventable and can divert critical resources from naturally occurring wildfires.

For more information, here are some helpful links:

Wildfires burning in the U.S.

Smoke forecast for western Canada

Air quality

B.C. Wildfire Service

 

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