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Wildfire smoke lingers in central and eastern B.C., but expected to clear soon

Smoke expected to clear through today and into weekend as westerly flows push the smoke into Alberta
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Smoke clouded the picturesque view down Kalamalka Lake as Coldstream’s grad class posed for photos on the Kal Lake dock Thursday, June 15, 2023. (Bowen Assman - Morning Star)

Smoke blowing south from large wildfires in northeastern B.C. and northwestern Alberta is continuing to affect air quality throughout the province Thursday, though the affected areas are less expansive than yesterday.

Environment Canada has issued a smoky skies bulletin for eastern and central regions of B.C. Thursday, June 15. The regions are being impacted or are likely to be impacted by smoke over the next 24 hours.

However, smoke is expected to clear out of B.C. through today and into the weekend as westerly flows push the smoke eastward into Alberta.

A smoke forecast map at firesmoke.ca shows smoke transferring from B.C. to Alberta by late Friday and early Saturday.

On Wednesday, air quality meteorologist Gail Roth said the cooler, wet weather pattern on Tuesday opened the door for smoke to come down the central and eastern regions of the province.

“We’ve essentially had this big swath of smoke go down the eastern half of the province,” Roth said, adding the smoke reached as far as the Okanagan early Wednesday afternoon.

It was expected that smoke would make its way to the southeastern corner of B.C. overnight Wednesday, however Thursday’s bulletin shows the smoke ceasing just north of Kelowna, leaving the Cranbrook area unaffected.

Smoke conditions can change quickly over short distances and can vary considerably hour by hour. People with pre-existing health conditions, respiratory infections, older adults, pregnant women and infants, children and sensitive individuals are more likely to experience health effects from smoke exposure.

READ MORE: Wildfire smoke leads to air quality advisory for much of B.C.

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Brendan Shykora
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Brendan Shykora

About the Author: Brendan Shykora

I started at the Morning Star as a carrier at the age of 8. In 2019 graduated from the Master of Journalism program at Carleton University.
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