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Most of BC under Air Quality Advisory due to wildfire smoke

The smoke from wildfires has blanketed most regions in the province, including Nelson where on most days Elephant Mountain can be seen from the city. — The Nelson Daily photo

Environment Canada said a Thunderstorm Warning has ended for parts of the Southern Interior, but most of BC continues to be impacted by an Air Quality Advisory due to wildfire smoke over the next 24-48 hours.


Environment Canada said individuals may experience symptoms such as increased coughing, throat irritation, headaches, or shortness of breath due to the numerous wildfires in the BC interior.

Environment Canada said children, seniors, and those with cardiovascular or lung disease, such as asthma, are especially at risk.

“If your home is not air-conditioned, be sure the house doesn't get too warm when doors and windows are closed to keep out smoke,” Environment Canada said.

“Exposure to too much heat can also result in illness.”

Environment Canada said the public exposed to wildfire smoke, should consider taking extra precautions to reduce your exposure.

“Wildfire smoke is a constantly-changing mixture of particles and gases which includes many chemicals that can harm your health,” Environment Canada said.

For more details, please consult the Government of Canada website.

The Environment Canada map shows most of BC being placed under an Air Quality Advisory due to heavy smoke from wildfires.

Environment Canada issues Thunderstorm Warning

Environment Canada has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning Sunday for West Kootenay, Kootenay Lake and Arrow/Slocan Lakes.

Environment Canada said conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms that may be capable of producing strong wind gusts and heavy rain this afternoon and this evening.

“Strong wind gusts can toss loose objects, damage weak buildings, break branches off trees and overturn large vehicles,” Environment Canada said.

“Heavy downpours can cause flash floods and water pooling on roads. Lightning kills and injures Canadians every year.”

“Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors,” Environment Canada adds.

Environment Canada said severe thunderstorm watches are issued when atmospheric conditions are favourable for the development of thunderstorms that could produce one or more of the following: large hail, damaging winds, torrential rainfall.

Environment Canada said encourages the public to continue to monitor alerts and forecasts.

The Severe Thunderstorm Watch comes as the region continues to deal with Smoky Skies, and an Air Quality Advisory due to wildfire smoke.

Environment Canada said many regions of the Southern Initerior will continue to deal with the smoke over the next 24-48 hours.