Air quality to worsen as smoke returns

Air quality: Very high risk - Vernon News

Air quality: Very high risk - Vernon News

Smoke still covers the Okanagan causing extremely poor air quality.

The Environmental Protection Agency has advised that everyone, and particularly people with heart or lung disease, older adults and children, should avoid "prolonged or heavy exertion" and outdoor activities.

Smoke originated from BC's 600-plus wildfires burning is making it's way out east, with Alberta and Saskatchewan issusing similar alerts.

The Spare the Air alert for smog on Sunday is the eighth issued this year by the district. Public-health officials continued to warn of unhealthy air across many parts of the Pacific Northwest as wildfires sent thick smoke across the region, and the National Weather Service issued an air quality alert for much of Central and Eastern Washington and northern Idaho through Wednesday.

Widespread haze and temperatures in the upper 80s is expected for Sunday.

"Reduce or reschedule strenuous activities outdoors, especially if you experience symptoms such as coughing and throat irritation", according to Environment Canada.

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