Shelagh and Ian Stevens are expected to be in Jasper, Alta., Tuesday. Instead, the couple from England visited Kelowna.
Shelagh Stevens said: “We had to go to Jasper but that was cancelled. “Because of the forest fire.”
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The couple decided to hike Knox Mountain despite the thick smoke that covered the Okanagan.
“It’s a shame we didn’t see the view,” said the British tourist.
According to Global News meteorologist Peter Quinlan, the smoke in the area is due to several fires in the Pacific Northwest.
“Most of the smoke is coming from the fires along the international border, the fires around Manning Park, and some of that actually coming from other fires in the Northwest United States,” Quinlan said.
Dense smoke led to an air quality index ranging from October 5 to 6 on Tuesday in Central Okanagan.
Considered a moderate risk, the Department of Interior Health (IH) is recommending that young people and older and people with health conditions limit their time outdoors.
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But even for the general public, IH said the advice is simple.
“Reschedule whatever you’re doing or plan to be outdoors and move it indoors if possible so that’s a safe approach,” said Dr Shobhit Maruti, medical officer at IH. best,” said Dr. Shobhit Maruti, medical officer at IH. “We ask everyone to adopt common sense.”
Maruti says monitoring the air quality index is important to try and avoid symptoms related to poor air quality.
“Sore throat, mild cough,” Maruti said. “Some people may produce more phlegm. You have itchy or burning eyes, mild shortness of breath, some people have a headache. You can get tired.”
According to the IQAir website, as of Tuesday afternoon, Kelowna’s air was considered unhealthy with the air quality index currently among the worst in the world.
The website said Kelowna had a 162 rating on Tuesday. That’s just below the 179 rating in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, the worst place in the world.
The assessment also shows that the atmosphere of Kelowna is worse than Lahore, Pakistan and Hanoi, Vietnam.
According to Quinlan, the smoke situation could last for at least a few more days.
“Looks like the smoke will be pretty thick on Wednesday, maybe even into Thursday.” I said. “Much will depend on how the fire responds.
“We will probably see a change in wind direction next week into the beginning of the week, so we should start to see a little bit of fresh air even into the weekend. I think it will become less dense smoke and I think throughout the Okanagan there will be more of a lingering haze. “
Mainland air quality was rated as the worst in the world on Sunday
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