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Nicola Valley Smoke

Smokey skies have taken over the Nicola Valley, and much of Southern BC, as wildfire smoke continues to drift north from fires burning along the western seaboard of the US.

The wildfires, which have destroyed millions of acres of land in California, Oregon, and Washington State has also been reportedly blamed for at least 30 dead since the carnage began in August.

Doug Lundquist, Meteorologist with Environment Canada, joined Q101 this morning to provide an update on the situation.

“There is a bit of a system moving in from the coast that might stir things up over the next few days. So, we might see a little bit of improvement today and tomorrow, but the flow goes back south again for Wednesday and Thursday,” began Lundquist.

“We look out towards the weekend or further and it does look like there is going to be some significant improvement by the end of the week,” added Lundquist.

Interior Health is advising people of all ages to limit time spent outdoors and avoid physical activity.

Those with pre-existing medical conditions should take extra precautions to protect their health.

Air quality advisories around the area are currently rated as 10-plus.

“We have a scale of 1-10 for this. And it's way off the charts, it’s way beyond 10, we don’t measure once it goes 10-plus because already it's very high risk and it’s above that right now,” said Lundquist.


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