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Wildfire Smoke Advisory for Kelowna area

The Ministry of Environment has issued a Wildfire Smoke Advisory for Kelowna and Surrounding Areas.  Here are the details from their press release:

The Ministry of Environment has issued a Smoke Advisory for Kelowna and surrounding areas because of forest fire smoke that is affecting the area. Smoke concentrations will vary widely as winds, fire behaviour and temperatures change. This situation is expected to persist for at least the next 24 hours.

"The fire burning on the West side of Okanagan Lake resulted in increased smoke levels overnight and through today. Smoke levels peaked early this morning and have been dropping all afternoon. At 4:30 pm PDT the hourly average PM2.5 concentration in Kelowna was 40 micrograms per cubic metre. As the ability of the atmosphere to disperse smoke drops this evening, it is likely that levels will rise overnight as they did last night.

PM2.5 levels remain low in Vernon and Penticton.

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.

Useful links:

Air quality readings:  http://www.bcairquality.ca/readings/index.html

Visit http://www.interiorhealth.ca click on the Health & Safety tab at the top of the page, then follow the links for Emergency Information > Forest Fires.

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