Smoky skies worsen in Kamloops

By Susan Edgell
July 17, 2017 - 12:30pm

KAMLOOPS — There is good news on the weather front, as Environment Canada is calling for widepsread rain in the Interior this Thursday, which could bring relief for the hundreds of firefighters.

In the meantime, B.C.'s  Deputy Provincial Health Officer is urging people to use caution amid very smoky conditions in much of the province, including in Kamloops where the air quality index is listed at eleven, as of 12 noon.

Doctor Bonnie Henry says those with chronic conditions need to have their medications handy, should avoid physical exertion and should stay indoors.

Environment Canada has issued special air quality statements for much of the province, from the Peace River to the Canada-US border, excluding Coastal and Northern B.C.

The Smoky Skies Bulletin says smoke from the wildfires is expected to occur in concentrations that may reach levels that are a concern for human health.

Again, the air quality advisory in Kamloops right now is rated at eleven (As of 12pm) which is considered "high risk," and it is expected to stay that way for most of the next couple of days


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