Heavy smoke concentrations will linger across the East Kootenay sky for a couple more days.
This from Environment Canada Meteorologist Doug Lundquist who says a high pressure ridge is currently trapping smoke in our region.
Lundquist explains a cold front is arriving Friday into Saturday which should help clear out some of the smoke.
He adds even though westerly winds will bring in cleaner air there are wildfires everywhere around us, including the US, and we will likely see more smoke return next week.
Lunquist points out though, the seasonal pattern is changing which should result in more cold fronts and cleaner air overall in the coming weeks.
There is currently a Smoky Skies Bulletin in effect for the East Kootenay.
Smoke concentrations will vary widely as winds, fire behaviour and temperatures change.
You are encouraged to avoid strenuous activity and 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.
The BC Wildfire Service says smoke is actually helping fire fighting efforts right now as it is keeping temperatures cooler than normal.
Chief Information Officer Kevin Skrepnek said Wednesday temperatures were nearly 10 degrees lower than forecast due to the smoke in the East Kootenay.
Officials add the incoming cold front may bring stronger winds which could spread flames.
– Environment Canada Meteorologist Doug Lundquist