Alerts for: East Kootenay
5:51 AM PDT Thursday 13 August 2020
Special air quality statement in effect for:
- East Kootenay - south including Cranbrook
The Ministry of Environment, in collaboration with the Interior Health Authority, has issued a Smoky Skies Bulletin for East kootenay - South due to the area being impacted or likely to be impacted by wildfire smoke over the next 24-48 hours. Potential smoke impacts are localized to Kimberley and Cranbrook as fire crews extinguish small wildfires in the area.
During a wildfire, smoke conditions can change quickly over short distances and can vary considerably hour-by-hour.
Wildfire smoke is a natural part of our environment but it is important to be mindful that exposure to smoke may affect your health.
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 bulletin can be accesed online at:
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 gasses which includes many chemicals that can harm your health. For more details, please consult www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change/services/air-quality-health-index/wildfire-smoke.html.
For more information on current air quality, visit www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/environment/air-land-water/air.
Visit www.airhealth.ca for information on how to reduce your health risk and your personal contribution to pollution levels, as well as for current and forecast AQHI values.
Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada.
Issued by Environment Canada and the B.C. Ministry of Environment
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