Smoky skies will continue across most of the province for the next few days. Local smoke levels may vary based on wind direction and fire characteristics but, until a significant change in the provincial weather pattern occurs, widespread air quality improvements are not expected.
During a wildfire, smoke conditions can change quickly over short distances and can vary considerably hour-by-hour.
Wildfire smoke is a natural part of our environment but it is important to be mindful that exposure to smoke may affect your health.
People with pre-existing health conditions, the elderly, infants, children and sensitive individuals are more likely to experience health effects from smoke exposure.
The bulletin can be accessed online.
For general information about wildfire smoke and your health, contact HealthLink BC at 8-1-1 (toll free, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week).
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.
Be air aware! Check your local weather forecasts and alerts so you know when to take extra care.
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.
The Sooke PocketNews Weather page has links to most weather related sites.
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BC Storm Tracker
There has been the equivalent of 41.8 mm of precipitation since Mon 15:00 at "Prince Rupert Airport" #BCStorm— WX Prince Rupert (@wc_princerupert) August 20, 2019
05:59 EnvCanada issued warning #Rainfall #Sandspit #BCStorm https://t.co/djrvowEWZS— Sandspit (@ECAlertBC88) August 20, 2019
05:59 EnvCanada issued warning #Rainfall #Masset #BCStorm https://t.co/4ouXFTgUi9— Masset (@ECAlertBC56) August 20, 2019
Currently, we're in the Neutral category for ENSO. We were in the El Nino category for many months this year. We're… https://t.co/OgoQ5LnRUK— stuffradio (@stuffradio) August 20, 2019
Severe thunderstorms are expected in parts of Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, and Indiana. As well as this, isolated-sev… https://t.co/bxEfKfab2s— Wx Centre (@wxcentre) August 20, 2019