- New chaplain joins EKRH Spiritual Care Program
- The Lives Of Lucy
- KIJHL: Stuart bolsters Nitros ahead of camp
- The Book Of Man And Woman, Through Song And Satire
- KIJHL: Dynamiters ground Rockets for 11th consecutive win
- Conservatives lost their vision
- Randall Hopley to appeal seven-year sentence
- Players Bench Jets collect silver at home
- Our Town
Smoke clogs B.C. skies as wildfires burn
By The Canadian Press
VANCOUVER - A red-stained sky greeted early risers across large sections of British Columbia on Friday as heavy smoke from about 160 wildfires creates a sooty, soupy atmosphere.
Environment Canada and B.C.'s Environment Ministry are maintaining a special air quality statement for many parts of the central Interior, from the Cariboo, just south of Prince George, south to the U.S. border.
Quesnel, Williams Lake, Kootenay Lake and the East Columbia as far as Creston to the southeast, are under a wildfire smoke advisory.
A smoky skies advisory is posted for the Thompson, Fraser Canyon, Okanagan, Similkameen, Nicola, Boundary and Shuswap regions.
The advisories warn smoke concentrations will vary widely due to fire, wind and temperature changes, but everyone in the affected regions is urged to avoid strenuous outdoor activities while people with chronic conditions are advised to stay inside.
A cooling trend is sweeping across much of the province and Environment Canada says skies over northeastern B.C. are already clearing, but forecasters warn several large blazes are still burning and conditions could deteriorate again.