The Elk Valley and the East Kootenay are no longer under a smoky skies advisory.
The Ministry of Environment, in collaboration with the Interior Health Authority, has reduced the area covered by the Smoky Skies Bulletin issued on July 11th due to forest fire smoke that is covering the area.
The areas now covered are: Kinbasket, North Columbia, West Columbia, East Columbia, Okanagan, Similkameen, Nicola, South Thompson, North Thompson, 100 Mile, Cariboo (North and South), and Chilcotin.
The following areas have been removed: Elk Valley, Yoho Park – Kootenay Park, East Kootenay, Arrow Lakes – Slocan Lake, West Kootenay, Boundary and Fraser Canyon.
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.
– From Interior Health