042  
WOCN20 CWVR 190504  
SPECIAL AIR QUALITY STATEMENT  
FOR BRITISH COLUMBIA  
UPDATED BY ENVIRONMENT CANADA AND THE B.C. MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT  
AT 10:04 P.M. PDT FRIDAY 18 AUGUST 2017.  
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SPECIAL AIR QUALITY STATEMENT FOR:  
OKANAGAN VALLEY  
SIMILKAMEEN  
FRASER CANYON  
NICOLA  
SOUTH THOMPSON  
SHUSWAP  
WEST COLUMBIA  
EAST COLUMBIA  
NORTH COLUMBIA  
KINBASKET  
YOHO PARK - KOOTENAY PARK  
NORTH THOMPSON  
BOUNDARY  
ARROW LAKES - SLOCAN LAKE  
WEST KOOTENAY  
KOOTENAY LAKE  
EAST KOOTENAY  
ELK VALLEY  
100 MILE  
CHILCOTIN  
CARIBOO  
PRINCE GEORGE  
VANDERHOOF  
YELLOWHEAD.  
 
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==DISCUSSION==  
 
THE MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT (AMPERSAND) CLIMATE CHANGE STRATEGY, IN  
COLLABORATION WITH THE INTERIOR AND NORTHERN HEALTH AUTHORITIES  
HAS UPDATED THE SMOKY SKIES BULLETIN DUE TO SMOKE CONDITIONS.  
 
AREAS COVERED BY THIS BULLETIN INCLUDE: 100 MILE, ARROW LAKES -  
SLOCAN LAKE, BOUNDARY, CARIBOO, CHILCOTIN, EAST COLUMBIA, EAST  
KOOTENAY, ELK VALLEY, FRASER CANYON, KINBASKET, KOOTENAY LAKE,  
NICOLA, NORTH COLUMBIA, NORTH THOMPSON, OKANAGAN, PRINCE GEORGE,  
SHUSWAP, SIMILKAMEEN, SOUTH THOMPSON, WEST COLUMBIA, WEST KOOTENAY,  
YELLOWHEAD AND YOHO PARK - KOOTENAY PARK.  
 
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.  
 
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.  
 
PEOPLE WITH LUNG DISEASES, SUCH AS ASTHMA AND COPD, CAN BE  
PARTICULARLY SENSITIVE TO AIR POLLUTION. THEY WILL GENERALLY  
EXPERIENCE MORE SERIOUS HEALTH EFFECTS AT LOWER LEVELS. POLLUTION  
CAN AGGRAVATE THEIR DISEASES, LEADING TO INCREASED MEDICATION USE,  
DOCTOR AND EMERGENCY ROOM VISITS, AND HOSPITAL VISITS.  
 
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.  
 
HTTP://WEATHER.GC.CA  
 
END/PSPC  
 
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