Wildfires and Air Quality

Aug 19, 2020
Affected Communities: 
All Areas

UPDATE: August 19, 2020: A Smoky Skies Bulletin has been issued for the Pemberton area

Several wildfires remain active within the region, with smoke very heavy and visible in Pemberton and the surrounding area, as well as the areas of Mount Currie, Lillooet Lake and Lillooet.

Wildfire smoke can have a negative impact on air quality, which can cause symptoms including:

  • lung irritation
  • eye irritation
  • runny nose
  • sore throat
  • wheezing
  • mild cough
  • headache

Exposure is particularly a concern for infants, the elderly and those who have underlying medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, and lung or heart disease.

Tips for the public:

It’s important for those vulnerable to stay in air conditioned spaces, or facilities with cooler filtered air, if possible.
And for everyone, use common sense regarding outdoor physical activity – if your breathing becomes difficult or uncomfortable, stop or reduce the activity.
Reduce indoor pollution sources such as smoking or burning other materials.
Be sure to check on elderly neighbours and loved ones.

For more information on wildfire smoke and air quality, visit the Vancouver Coastal Health website.

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