Bob Grant photo. The smoke can be seen from many locations around the South Cariboo. Bob Grant photo.

UPDATE: Smoky Skies Advisory issued

“Smoke concentrations will vary widely as winds, fire behaviour and temperatures change,” says IHA.

UPDATE: Noon

Residents in communities across Interior Health are being warned that smoke conditions and local air quality can change due to the unpredictable nature of this weekend’s fires.

Some individuals may be more sensitive to the effects of smoke from forest fires, such as those with heart or lung conditions.

These individuals should watch for any change in symptoms that may be due to smoke exposure.

If any symptoms are noted, affected individuals should take steps to reduce their exposure to smoke and if necessary see their physician or local walk-in clinic.

People with severe symptoms should present themselves to the nearest Emergency Department.

Dr. Sue Pollock, Medical Health Officer with Interior Health provided tips and information on the smoke advisory which you can listen to below.

According to IHA, here are some actions you can take to reduce the health effects of smoke in the air:

  • People with heart or lung conditions may be more sensitive to the effects of smoke and should watch for any change in symptoms that may be due to smoke exposure. If any symptoms are noted, affected individuals should take steps to reduce their exposure to smoke and if necessary see their physician. People with symptoms should go to their health care provider, walk in clinic or emergency department depending on severity of symptoms.
  • Use common sense regarding outdoor physical activity – if your breathing becomes difficult or uncomfortable, stop or reduce the activity.
  • Stay cool and drink plenty of fluids.
  • Smoke levels may be lower indoors, however levels of smoke particles will still be increased. If you stay indoors, be aware of your symptoms.
  • Consider visiting a location like a shopping mall with cooler filtered air. Keep in mind that staying indoors may help you stay cool and provide some relief from the smoke. However, many air conditioning systems do not filter the air or improve indoor air quality.
  • Reduce indoor pollution sources such as smoking or burning other materials.
  • You may be able to reduce your exposure to smoke by moving to cleaner air. Conditions can vary dramatically by area and elevation.
  • Residents with asthma or other chronic illness should activate their asthma or personal care plan.
  • Pay attention to local air quality reports, air quality may be poor even though smoke may not be visible.
  • Commercially available HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filters can further reduce poor indoor air quality near the device.
  • Maintaining good overall health is a good way to prevent health effects resulting from short-term exposure to air pollution.

For general information about smoke and your health, contact HealthLink BC available toll free, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 8-1-1.

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ORIGINAL:

With dozens of large destructive fires burning throughout the region, a Smoky Skies Advisory for Cariboo, Thompson, Shuswap, Okanagan, Similkameen, Fraser Canyon and Nicola region.

The Ministry of Environment, in collaboration with the Interior Health Authority, issued the advisory Saturday morning.

“Smoke concentrations will vary widely as winds, fire behaviour and temperatures change,” says IHA.

“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.”

Conditions like these are dangerous for people with heart of lung conditions and everyone should take extra caution.

For tips on how to handle living in smoky conditions, read the IHA document below.

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