Smoky skies bulletin issued for northern B.C.

If you live in northern B.C., you’ve already seen it. A smoky skies bulletin has been issued for most of the northern half of the province and portions of the southern interior.

The Regions of BC highlighted on the map are being impacted or are likely to be impacted by wildfire smoke over the next 24-48 hours.

Regions included under this bulletin:

  • Bulkley Valley and The Lakes (Northwest) includes Smithers
  • Bulkley Valley and The Lakes (Southwest) includes Burns Lake
  • Cariboo (North) includes Quesnel, Wells and Bowron Lake Park
  • Cariboo (South) includes Williams Lake, Northern and Central sections of Wells Gray Park
  • Chilcotin includes Hansville, Alexis Creek, Chilanko Forks, Tatla Lake, Nimpo Lake, Anahim Lake, and the southern half of Tweedsmuir Park
  • North Thompson Includes Barriere, Clearwater and Vavenby
  • South Thompson Includes Kamloops, Rayleigh, Monte Creek, Cache Creek, Spences Bridge and Logan Lake
  • 100 Mile includes Hwy 97 from 108 Mile House to Clinton, Bridge Lake and Canim Lake. Shuswap Includes Salmon Arm, Sicamous, and Chase
  • North Okanagan includes Vernon, Armstrong, Enderby, Lavington and Lumby Muncho Lake Park
  • Stone Mountain Park includes Muncho Lake, Toad River and Stone Mountain Provincial Park
  • Watson Lake includes Liard River, Lower Post and extends north to the Yukon border Fort Nelson includes Fort Nelson, Muskwa, Prophet River, Buckinghorse River, Sikanni Chief, Hwy 77 north to the Yukon border
  • Williston includes McLeod Lake, Mackenzie and Williston Lake
  • North Peace River includes the City of Fort St John and all communities along Hwy 97 extending from Farmington to Pink Mountain; Hwy 29 including Moberly Lake, Hudson’s Hope; also includes Rolla, Clayhurst and Goodlow
  • B.C. South Peace River includes Chetwynd, Dawson Creek, Pouce Coupe, and Tumbler Ridge
  • McGregor includes the northern end of the Robson Valley extending from Hansard to Dome Creek; extends north to Monkmon Park
  • Prince George includes the City of Prince George, Hwy 16 Vanderhoof to Upper Fraser, and Hwy 97 Hixon to the south end of McLeod Lake.
  • Atlin
  • Teslin
  • Cassiar Mountains includes Cassiar, Good Hope Lake, Boya Lake Provincial Park
  • Watson Lake Dease Lake North Coast – Inland Sections includes Kitimat
  • North Coast Inland (South) includes Terrace North
  • Coast Inland (North) includes Stuart
  • Central Okanagan includes Kelowna, West Kelowna and Peachland
  • South Okanagan includes Penticton, Summerland, Naramata, Keremeos, Oliver and Osoyoos

During smoky conditions follow your common sense

  • • 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.