U.S. smoke creates local haze

U.S. smoke creates local haze

23 August 2006

published by http://www.vernonmorningstar.com/

The smoke lingering over the North Okanagan for the past several days iscoming from a pair of major forest fires in Washington state.

And, if the wind continues to blow from the south to the north, that smokecould hang around for several more weeks.

“There is about 105,000 acres (42,500 hectares) on fire and only about 30per cent of the fire is contained,” said Jeanne Rucker, fire informationofficer with the Kamloops Fire Centre, on Monday. “The fire may not becontained until, and this is a ballpark estimate, early October.

“The smoke is based on the prevailing winds, so if it blows up to the north,we’re going to keep getting the smoke.”

The smoke prompted the B.C. Ministry of Environment to issue an air qualityadvisory on Monday for the entire Okanagan Valley. The advisory was lifted onTuesday morning.

A number of B.C. firefighters have been deployed to Washington state to helpwith the massive blazes which, as of Tuesday, had crept to within 24 kilometresof the Canadian border.

At home, Rucker says there are no fires of note burning in the province, notlike there was in July.

“Certainly, it’s been cooler this month,” said Rucker. “The coolerevenings have helped bring the fire danger down. However, with this hot stretch,the level will probably go up.”


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