Wildfire Smoke Advisory

Type: News & Public Notices

Communities in the Strathcona Regional District may be experiencing various levels of wildfire smoke from the Newcastle Creek wildfire in Sayward. It is an important health concern for our region as wildfire smoke is a complex mixture of air pollutants. Reducing exposure to wildfire smoke protects our health. Smoke levels differ from place to place and can change quickly. Up-to-date information about Air Quality Health Index can be found on the provincial page at env.gov.bc.ca/epd/bcairquality/data/aqhi-table.html or the WeatherCAN app. Currently there are not any Air Quality Warnings issued, and if changes occur, residents will receive an alert via Alertable. In the Alertable App Settings ensure you have turned on the Air Quality notification under Health. 

  • If you are not in the area, avoid the area.
  • Limit outdoor activity and strenuous physical acitivities as much as possible.
  • Drink lots of water.
  • Reduce or eliminate sources of indoor air pollution such as smoking, vacuuming, burning incense/candles and using a wood stove.
  • Set air conditioners to recirculate if applicable.
  • If you are experiencing a medical emergency call 911. Do not call 911 for information or updates.
  • Ensuring friends, family, clients and students with chronic health conditions (e.g. asthma) follow their care plan, have any necessary medications on hand and seek additional advice from their physician, if needed.· 
  • Considering keeping windows and doors closed during high smoke times. 
  • The best way to protect your health from wildfire smoke is to seek cleaner air if possible. Use a portable air cleaner at home, find an indoor environment with filtered air, or relocate to an area with less smoke. If you cannot access cleaner air, some face masks can provide protection from wildfire smoke. However, it is important to be aware of the limitations and potential risks.  A well-fitted mask is the most important thing for filtration as inhaled air must pass through the material of the mask, not around it. Well-fitted respirators offer the most effective protection from fine particulate matter.  More information can be found at bccdc.ca/wildfire-smoke.