Smoke Leads to Poor Air Quality in Central BC
Prince George, B.C. – The wildfire smoke has resulted in poor air quality in much of the central interior and the situation could worsen depending on what occurs on the fire front this weekend.
The Environment Ministry, acting in concert with Northern Health, has issued a Smoky Skies bulletin that covers Prince George, Vanderhoof, Fort St. James, Fort Fraser and Fraser Lake, the eastern portion of the Bulkley Valley and the Lakes District and the area around Valemount. It’s all due to the wildfire smoke and concentrations will vary as winds, fire behavior and temperatures change.
People and pets may experience increased coughing, throat irritation, shortness of breath or headaches. Seniors, children and people with cardiovascular or lung disease such as asthma are particularly at risk.
You are advised to remain indoors if you’re having breathing difficulties, preferably in a place that’s cool and ventilated. Using an air conditioner that cools and filters air may help.
This bulletin will be in place until you are notified otherwise.