649  
WOCN20 CWVR 151131  
SPECIAL AIR QUALITY STATEMENT  
FOR BRITISH COLUMBIA  
UPDATED BY ENVIRONMENT CANADA AND THE B.C. MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT  
AT 4:31 A.M. PDT SATURDAY 15 AUGUST 2020.  
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SPECIAL AIR QUALITY STATEMENT FOR:  
EAST KOOTENAY - SOUTH INCLUDING CRANBROOK.  
 
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==DISCUSSION==  
 
THE MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT, IN COLLABORATION WITH THE INTERIOR  
HEALTH AUTHORITY, HAS CONTINUED A SMOKY SKIES BULLETIN FOR EAST  
KOOTENAY - SOUTH DUE TO SMOKY CONDITIONS THAT MAY OCCUR BETWEEN  
KIMBERLEY AND CRANBROOK AS FIRE CREWS EXTINGUISH SMOULDERING FIRES  
IN THE AREA OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS.  
 
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, RESPIRATORY INFECTIONS  
SUCH AS COVID-19, OLDER ADULTS, PREGNANT WOMEN AND INFANTS,  
CHILDREN, AND SENSITIVE INDIVIDUALS ARE MORE LIKELY TO EXPERIENCE  
HEALTH EFFECTS FROM SMOKE EXPOSURE.  
 
THE BULLETIN CAN BE ACCESSED ONLINE AT:  
HTTPS://WWW2.GOV.BC.CA/GOV/CONTENT/ENVIRONMENT/AIR-LAND-WATER/  
AIR/AIR-QUALITY/AIR-ADVISORIES  
 
IF YOU OR THOSE IN YOUR CARE ARE EXPOSED TO WILDFIRE SMOKE, CONSIDER  
TAKING EXTRA PRECAUTIONS TO REDUCE YOUR EXPOSURE. WILDFIRE SMOKE IS  
A CONSTANTLY-CHANGING MIXTURE OF PARTICLES AND GASSES WHICH INCLUDES  
MANY CHEMICALS THAT CAN HARM YOUR HEALTH. FOR MORE DETAILS, PLEASE  
CONSULT  
WWW.CANADA.CA/EN/ENVIRONMENT-CLIMATE-CHANGE/SERVICES/AIR-QUALITY-HEALTH-INDEX/WILDFIRE-SMOKE.HTML.  
 
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON CURRENT AIR QUALITY, VISIT  
WWW2.GOV.BC.CA/GOV/CONTENT/ENVIRONMENT/AIR-LAND-WATER/AIR.  
 
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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