Environment Canada has issued a special air quality statement for the Central Okanagan due to wildfire smoke in the area.
Several regions in the B.C. Interior are being impacted or are likely to be impacted by wildfire smoke over the next 24-48 hours.
Smoke is expected to be widespread in some regions as a result of numerous active fires.
“Individuals may experience symptoms such as increased coughing, throat irritation, headaches or shortness of breath. Children, seniors, and those with cardiovascular or lung disease, such as asthma, are especially at risk,” a statement issued this morning reads.
Individuals exposed to wildfire smoke are advised to consider taking extra precautions to reduce exposure.
“Wildfire smoke is a constantly changing mixture of particles and gasses which includes many chemicals that can harm your health,” says Environment Canada.
For more details, consult www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change/services/air-quality-health-index/wildfire-smoke.html.