VICTORIA, B.C. – Smoke from the wildfires across British Columbia have resulted in Environment Canada issuing a special weather statement.

The statement is in effect for the following areas:

  • North Vancouver Island
  • Sunshine Coast (Gibsons to Earls Cove, Saltery Bay to Powell River)
  • East Vancouver Island (Campbell River, Comox Valley, Duncan, Nanaimo/Parksville)

The agency said that people with pre-existing health conditions, the elderly, infants, children and sensitive individuals are more likely to experience health effects from smoke exposure.

Environment Canada recommends staying inside, in a cool environment and using an air conditioner that ventilates the air if possible.

For general information about wildfire smoke and your health, call HealthLink BC at 8-1-1. More details on air quality in the province and advisories can be found via this link.