UPDATED: Smoke should start to clear Friday as a cold front moves into southeast BC

Special air quality statement continues for all areas of southern BC. However rain and cooler temperatures are in the forecast Friday and Saturday then back to clear skies on Monday.

TMTV.NET Nelson BC Canada

Town of Creston BC as the sun sets through the smoke Thursday evening.

Tonight Partly cloudy. Widespread smoke. Low 17.
Fri, 8 Sep Mainly cloudy. 30 percent chance of showers in the afternoon with risk of a thunderstorm. Widespread smoke. Wind becoming south 20 km/h in the afternoon. High 25. Humidex 28. UV index 4 or moderate.
Night Mainly cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers and risk of a thunderstorm. Widespread smoke. Wind south 20 km/h becoming light in the evening. Low 15.
Sat, 9 Sep Showers. High 18.
Night Showers. Low 12.
Sun, 10 Sep A mix of sun and cloud. High 21.
Night Cloudy periods. Low 8.
Mon, 11 Sep A mix of sun and cloud. High 26.
Night Clear. Low 10.
Tue, 12 Sep A mix of sun and cloud. High 26.
Night Cloudy periods. Low 12.
Wed, 13 Sep Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. High 22.

Special air quality statement in effect for: Southeast BC

The Ministry of Environment & Climate Change Strategy, in collaboration with the Interior and Northern Health Authorities
has continued the Smoky Skies Bulletin.

This bulletin now includes all areas in the Central and Southern Interior.

Smoke concentrations will vary widely as winds, fire behaviour and temperatures change.

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.

This Bulletin will remain in effect until further notice.

Stay inside if you have breathing difficulties. Find an indoor place that’s cool and ventilated. Using an air conditioner that cools and filters air may help. If you open the windows you may let in more polluted air. If your home isn’t air-conditioned, consider going to a public place (library, shopping mall, recreation centre) that is air-conditioned.

For more information on current air quality, see: www.bcairquality.ca.

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