Smoky skies alert for Cranbrook and Kimberley
Environment Canada issued a special air quality statement in effect for the Cranbrook and Kimberley areas due to wildfire smoke.
The area of two cities is expected to be affected by wildfire smoke in the next 24 to 48 hours, as well as the Kootenay/Creston Lake area, Environment Canada Smoke Sky Bulletin said.
During a wildfire, smoke conditions can change quickly over short distances and can vary significantly from hour to hour.
Wildfire smoke is a natural part of our environment, but it’s important to keep in mind that exposure to smoke can affect your health, Environment Canada noted.
People with pre-existing health conditions, respiratory infections such as COVID-19, the elderly, pregnant women and infants, children and susceptible people are more likely to experience health effects from COVID-19. exposure to smoke.
If you or the people you care for are exposed to wildfire smoke, consider taking extra precautions to reduce your exposure. Smoke from wildfires is an ever-changing mixture of particles and gases that includes many chemicals that can harm your health.
main picture: Smoke rises east of the Connell Ridge Wildfire about 15 miles south of Cranbrook today (August 3). Ian Cobb/e-KNOW photo