No long-term health impacts from 2018’s wildfire smoke: B.C. health officer

Glen Norman
August 26, 2018

"Wildfire smoke is different from other air pollution".

The premier said the province's second "tragic wildfire season" in a row had impacted peoples' lives, public safety, wildlife and the B.C. economy. The situation isn't expected to improve until at least Thursday, when rain showers are forecast to arrive.

Poor air quality means certain people are especially at risk, including children, seniors and people with lung or cardiovascular diseases like asthma or COPD.

The 21-person crew is set to travel to Prince George, B.C.

The model image below shows smoke in the area over Kentuckiana.

Environment Canada doesn't expect the smoke to lift until later in the week when a new weather system is expected to push cleaner air across the province.

The fires burning near the Nadina, Shovel and Tesla lakes in the Bulkley-Nechako region remain the largest in the province at more than 1,600 square kilometres combined.

After a slight reprieve, smoke-filled skies are back over Calgary. The cost of fighting wildfires in British Columbia a year ago was $649 million.

Lori Daniels, an ecology professor at the University of British Columbia's faculty of forestry, said only about one third of B.C. communities have wildfire prevention plans though the risk of such disasters is increasing.

"Keep in mind that there could still be smoke from Vancouver Island fires that affects Clallam county and smoke from the Maple Fire that affects parts of Kitsap and Mason counties". There is no sign of a let up in the weather conditions contributing to the spread of fire.

He said the current program involves youth employed through a summer job-creation initiative that has them trimming branches and picking up debris to rid the forest floor of fuel.

Smoke from Thursday evening hung around all night and much of Western Montana woke up to smoky skies on Friday.

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