Environment Canada forecasts smoky skies for Vanderhoof this week
There is a chance of Vanderhoof skies being smoky today.
An air quality advisory has been issued for several parts of B.C. including Vanderhoof over the weekend due to wildfire smoke coming from Alberta.
Gail Roth, Air Quality Meteorologist for the ministry of environment and climate change strategy said a smoky skies bulletin is in effect today. A bulletin such as this is issued when there is a probability of wildfire smoke impacting an area, Roth added.
“Wildfire smoke is extremely variable over time and can change from hour to hour so it is very difficult to forecast accurately,” she explained.
In terms of the forecast, Roth said, there are a number of wildfires burning in northern Alberta which have caused smoke going down to Kitimat in B.C. as well.
“It has moved across the northern half of B.C. over the weekend. We have pretty calm, stable conditions in the region right now. So its not dispersing as well. Right now the longer term forecast we are hoping things will improve over the next day or two. But we have to wait and see and that’s why the Bulletin is still in effect today (May 27),” Roth said.
The smoky skies bulletin is issued on the basis of region. Regions in B.C. affected by the Bulletin are — Cariboo (North), Muncho Lake Park, Watson Lake, Fort Nelson, Williston, B.C. North Peace River, McGregor, Prince George, Vanderhoof, Fraser Lake, Bulkley Valley and Lakes District (northwest) and Bulkley Valley and Lakes District (southeast).
Decisions about air quality advisories are being taken by looking at smoke prediction models, satellite imagery and by keeping contact with BC Wildfire and firefighters at the scene, Roth said.
Meanwhile, during smoky conditions here are some tips to follow:
• Stop or reduce your activity level if breathing becomes difficult or you feel unwell.
• Stay cool and drink plenty of fluids.
• Carry any rescue medications with you at all times.
• Make sure that children and others who cannot care for themselves follow the same advice.
• Monitor your symptoms
• Different people have different responses to smoke. Mild irritation and discomfort are common, and usually disappear when the smoke clears.
• People with asthma or other chronic illness should activate the personal care plans they have designed with their family physicians.
• If you are unsure whether you need medical care, call HealthLink BC at 8-1-1.
• If you are experiencing difficulty in breathing, chest pain or discomfort, or a severe cough, contact your health care provider, walk-in clinic, or emergency department.
• If you are having a medical emergency, call 9-1-1.
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