The Ministry of Environment has issued a smoky skies advisory for the entire Okanagan-Shuswap.
As of Saturday afternoon, southerly winds have been widely spreading northwards heavy plumes of smoke from the large wildfires burning in Washington State, resulting in high concentrations of fine particulates and poor air quality.
“While this episode is expected to persist until a major shift in wind patterns and weather conditions, smoke concentrations will vary widely as winds, fire behaviour and temperatures change,” said Tarek Ayache, air quality meteorologist.
Avoid strenuous outdoor activities.
If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, contact your health care provider: difficulty in breathing, chest pain or discomfort, and sudden onset of cough or irritation of airways.
“Exposure is particularly a concern for infants, the elderly and those who have underlying medical conditions such as diabetes, and lung or heart disease,” said Avache.
“This advisory will remain in effect until further notice.”