Environment Canada has issued an air quality advisory for parts of Vancouver Island, the Thompson and the Shuswap due to wildfires burning in the region.
A smoky skies advisory has been issued for Port Renfrew area and the Cowichan Valley, including Cowichan lake, Duncan, Crofton, Cobble Hill, Mill Bay and Shawnigan Lake. A smoky skies advisory has also been issued for Kamloops and surrounding areas.
The Ministry of Environment, in collaboration with Island Health, says smoke concentrations will vary widely as winds, fire behaviour and temperatures change.
In Kamloops, the smoky skies advisory includes Savona, Logan Lake, Chase and Barriere because of forest fire smoke that is covering the area. Smoke concentrations will also vary widely as conditions change. Two new forest fires at Skuhun Creek and Long Lake are resulting in increased smoke levels in Kamloops and the surrounding areas. This smoke is in addition to the smoke from fires in the United States which is also impacting the area.
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Exposure to increased smoke concentrations is particularly a concern for infants, the elderly and those who have underlying medical conditions such as heart or lung disease. Those at risk should avoid strenuous activities and prolonged exposure to smoke. Anyone who experiences any of the following symptoms, should contact their health care provider: difficulty in breathing, chest pain or discomfort, and sudden onset of cough or irritation of airways.
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