Wildfire smoke from U.S. leads to air quality statement for Kamloops

If the smoke arrives, Environment Canada is advising residents to take precautions to reduce exposure. For more information on reducing the health risk, go to airhealth.ca.

Environment Canada has issued a special air quality statement for Kamloops and the South Thompson region as smoke from massive wildfires burning in Washington state and Oregon may drift into the area.

Smoke from those fires has in recent days settled over the Lower Mainland and parts of the Okanagan.

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If the smoke arrives, Environment Canada is advising residents to take precautions to reduce exposure. For more information on reducing the health risk, go to airhealth.ca.

In the Lower Mainland, which on Friday is under hazy conditions, there is a fine particulate matter advisory that has been in effect since Sept. 8.

Fine particulate matter, also known as PM2.5, refers to airborne solid or liquid droplets with a diameter of 2.5 micrometres or less. PM2.5 can easily penetrate indoors because of its small size.

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