Smoke leads to new statement from Environment Canada

By James Peters
July 25, 2018 - 3:39pm Updated: July 25, 2018 - 5:29pm

KAMLOOPS — Environment Canada has issued another special air quality statement for much of the B.C. Interior due to wildfire smoke in the region.

The statement covers several areas of the province, including the North Thompson, South Thompson, Shuswap, 100 Mile and Okanagan regions.

The forecaster says people with pre-existing health conditions, the elderly and infants should stay away from outdoor air during a smoke event.

Meantime, the BC Wildfire Service says it's hard to pinpoint where the smoke is coming from.

A spokesperson says a phenomenon called "long range transport" means smoke can be carried hundreds or thousands of kilometres.

Air Quality Meteorologist Ralph Adams of the Ministry of Environment echoes that, saying there is no consensus among his colleagues where the smoke is originating.

He says opinions are split between Scandinavia and Siberia, Yukon Territory and wildfires in Manitoba and Ontario.

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