The smoke is here
Photo: Cindy White
UPDATE: 6:55 p.m.
Smoke from the Keremeos Creek wildfire has begun to enter parts of the Okanagan.
Smoke is visible throughout the city of West Kelowna according to a resident living along Lake Shannon.
The projected Air Quality Health Index for the Central Okanagan and North Okanagan remains at 2 on a scale of 1 to 10.
Environment Canada has not yet issued a smoke advisory.
People with heart and lung diseases are the most affected by air pollution.
ORIGINAL: 3 p.m.
Smoke from the Keremeos Creek wildfire is expected to drift into the Kelowna and Vernon areas this evening.
The predicted Air Quality Health Score for the Central Okanagan and North Okanagan is 2 on a scale of 1-10, but 7+ when smoke is taken into account.
“The patterns we’re looking at show there will be a wind shift later this afternoon through tonight, from light northerly winds to southerly winds. So that will bring some wildfire smoke from Keremeos Creek,” said meteorologist Johnson Zhong.
“It won’t be too, too severe, I would say. It’s probably just local smoke for tonight until tomorrow morning, ”he adds.
The firesmoke.ca forecast also shows thicker smoke coming from the south Okanagan, starting around 4 p.m. in the Kelowna area. It should dissipate mostly by Monday afternoon.
Along with the Keremeos Creek wildfire, several fires are burning in Washington state and Oregon and are sending smoke into the southern interior of British Columbia.
Air Quality Health Index readings above 7 are considered “high risk”.
Older adults, young children, and people with respiratory problems or other serious health conditions should take it easy, including reducing or rescheduling strenuous activities. The general population is advised to reduce or postpone strenuous activities if they experience symptoms such as cough and throat irritation.