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Smoky skies bulletin issued for Prince George

Environment Canada has issued a smoky skies bulletin for Prince George and other parts of the Interior.

Several regions of B.C. are being impacted or are likely to be impacted by wildfire smoke over the next 24-48 hours. Smoke is widespread through the southern interior but may remain aloft. Smoke from Cutoff Creek and Chilako fires may impact areas through central B.C. over the next 24 hours.

Individuals may experience symptoms such as increased coughing, throat irritation, headaches or shortness of breath. Children, seniors, and those with cardiovascular or lung disease, such as asthma, are especially at risk.

If you or those in your care are exposed to wildfire smoke, consider taking extra precautions to reduce your exposure. Wildfire smoke is a constantly-changing mixture of particles and gasses which includes many chemicals that can harm your health. For more details, please consult www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change/services/air-quality-health-index/wildfire-smoke.html.

For more information on current air quality, visit www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/environment/air-land-water/air.

Visit www.airhealth.ca for information on how to reduce your health risk and your personal contribution to pollution levels, as well as for current and forecast AQHI values.

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