The provincial environment ministry and Northern Health have expanded a smoky skies advisory to the Northwest.
Officials have added Burns Lake and Smithers to the long list of B.C. communities suffering from poor air quality and reduced visibility due to the ongoing wildfires.
Residents 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.
Health officials say it’s best to avoid strenuous outdoor activity and contact a health provider if you have difficulty breathing, chest pain or discomfort, and sudden onset of cough or irritation of airways.
The environment ministry says smoke and air quality will vary widely due to changes in wind, fire behaviour, and temperature.