August 20th, 2015 9:00 PDT– Penticton. The Ministry of Environment, in
collaboration with the Interior Health Authority, has issued a Smoky Skies
Advisory for the southern areas of the Boundary and Kootenay regions. In
addition to local smoke from forest fires that continue to burn in the regions,
those areas are being affected by transboundary smoke from forest fires south
of the border. 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.
This advisory will remain in effect until further notice.