August 12, 2018 3:06 pm

Smoke lingers over the Okanagan

Jim Douglas / Global News

A special air quality statement remains in effect over the Okanagan because of wildfire smoke.

On Sunday morning, the air quality index ranked the Central and North and Okanagan at a nine, which indicates a high risk.

The South Okanagan was ranked at an eight, also indicating a high risk.

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The air quality throughout much of the region is expected to drop to a moderate risk Sunday night and stay fairly steady through to Monday.

Officials recommend people with breathing difficulties stay inside and use an air conditioner that filters air.

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