From Whistler, to Kootenay Lake, to 100 Mile House, there is a blanket of smoke over a massive area of B.C.
Sadly our beautiful province is on fire. Praying the animals find their way to safety somehow, that the firefighters have the heart and strength to fight this, it’s overwhelming, and families find refuge in the many centres set up for evacuations.. #pleasebringrain #forestfiresmoke #smoke #bcwildfires
Environment Canada and the BC Ministry of Environment has issued a special air quality statement for numerous regions in the Province including:
Environment Canada is expecting smoke conditions to endure across the province for the next few days.
Although smoke levels may vary community to community and are subject to sudden change based on wind direction and fire characteristics, until BC experiences a significant weather change widespread air quality improvements are not to be expected.
Several regions across the province are facing serious health risks due to the poor air quality, as outlined in BC's Air Quality Health Index chart.
Wildfire smoke is a natural part of BC's environment, especially during the summer fire season, but it can be a detriment to health conditions, considerably worse for infants, children, the elderly and sensitive individuals.
For more information on how to handle the smog in the area, click here.