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Smoky skies once again over Smithers caused by distant wildfires

Environment Canada issues bulletin because of wildfire smoke
It has been a smokey summer in Smithers so far. (Marisca Bakker/The Interior News)

Environment Canada has issued a smoky skies bulletin for the region, including the Bulkley Valley and Lakes District, which are looking pretty hazy today. (July 7)

These regions are being impacted or are likely to be impacted by wildfire smoke over the next 24-48 hours.

High levels of smoke continue in northeastern B.C. There is also widespread haze across many regions of B.C. A shift to northerly winds will push smoke from the fires in the Omineca and NE regions towards central and western portions of the province. Increasing haziness and smoke conditions may occur into the overnight period.

Smoke is causing or expected to cause poor air quality and reduced visibility.

Wildfire smoke can be harmful to everyone’s health even at low concentrations. Everyone can take action to reduce their exposure to wildfire smoke.

Environment Canada warns that people with lung disease (such as asthma) or heart disease, older adults, children, pregnant people, and people who work outdoors are at higher risk of experiencing health effects caused by wildfire smoke.

Speak with your health care provider about developing a management plan for wildfire smoke events and maintaining a supply of necessary medications at home and always carrying these medications with you during wildfire season.

Stop or reduce your activity level if breathing becomes uncomfortable or you or someone in your care feel unwell. Contact your health care provider or local health authority if you develop severe symptoms or need advice.

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Marisca Bakker

About the Author: Marisca Bakker

Marisca was born and raised in Ontario and moved to Smithers almost ten years ago on a one-year contract.
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