Much of B.C.’s Southern Interior has had a relatively smoke-free summer but that may end in the days ahead.
The South Okanagan is already under a haze of smoke and the special air quality statement for that region has been in place for days.
“Thunderstorms and convection today may clear the smoke, but may also lead to new fire activity,” reads the statement.
Environment Canada has an Air Quality Health Index page where pollution levels are ranked. By midday Thursday, it’s ranked at a low risk and was expected to remain so throughout the day.
That said, during a wildfire, smoke conditions can change quickly over short distances and can vary considerably hour-by-hour.
“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,” the report reads.
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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