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Smoke advisories still in effect for most of BC
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Smoke advisories still in effect for most of BC

Currently 217 wildfires are burning throughout the territory, with only 35 new fires from Monday.

The number of evacuees continue to grow with approximately 14,365 people displaced from their homes.

One of the growing issues is air quality as smoke advisories continue.

Dr Bonnie Henry, the Deputy Provincial Health Officer, says that one of the biggest challenges is that when there is heavy smoke there is usually fire so the people who are most affected are already in the thick of the wildfires.

Residents are being advised to take extra precautions when dealing with forest fire smoke. Dr Henry is suggesting that people wear respirators to ensure non of the heavy particles in the smoke irritate their lungs.

Smoke can cause problems in people with pre-existing medical conditions, small children and the elderly.

The situation is still very fluid and people may not experience side effects for a few weeks after exposure. Dr Henry is advising limiting outdoor activities and if you do have underlying medical issues to spend some time in places with filtered air such as shopping malls, as well to keep medications on your hand at all times.

 

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