The Special Air Quality Statement that has been in effect for the South Okanagan over the last couple of days has since been expanded to include the entire East Kootenay.

The Smoky Skies bulletin now encompasses the entire region including Cranbrook, Kimberley, Invermere, Fernie, Sparwood, and the surrounding area.

“It is not clear how much of the smoke is from the Eagle Bluff fire near Oliver, but smoke transport models indicate that smoke from fires in Washington State is moving into B.C.,” said Environment Canada. “Wildfire smoke is a natural part of our environment but it is important to be mindful that exposure to smoke may affect your health.”

The full Smoky Skies bulletin can be found here: BC Air Quality Advisory

Environment Canada said that people with pre-existing health conditions, the elderly, pregnant women with infants, children, and those with sensitive lungs may experience more adverse health effects from exposure to smoke than others.

“If you or those in your care are exposed to wildfire smoke, consider taking extra precautions to reduce your exposure,” added Environment Canada. “Wildfire smoke is a constantly-changing mixture of particles and gasses which includes many chemicals that can harm your health.”

More resources and information:

Wildfire Smoke, Air Quality, and Your Health (Canada)

Air Quality Information (B.C.)

Air Quality Health Index (Canada)