Poor air quality in parts of British Columbia, with more than 200 wildfires burning across the province
As more than 200 wildfires continue to burn over hundreds of square kilometers in the province, air quality warnings were maintained in several areas inland in southern BC on Tuesday.
Environment Canada stated that parts of the Okanagan Valley and Thompson-Nicola regions will be the most severely affected, and it is expected that these areas will be covered in haze in the next few days.
Dangerous heat waves have exacerbated weather problems in several places, including Fraser Canyon, where the Litton community was destroyed by fire after record high temperatures last week.
The fire risk in most parts of British Columbia is rated as high, and the Okanagan area is extremely risky.
The Wildfire Service said that as of Tuesday morning, there were 213 active wildfires burning in British Columbia, and at least 37 in the first two days.
Evacuation orders have been issued for five wildfires, including one near Litton, which covers an area of ??76 square kilometers, but did not increase significantly on Sunday or Monday.
The Thompson-Nicola district stated that they are planning to arrange a bus tour for the evacuees from the village to investigate the damage.
Debbie Sell of the emergency operations center in the area said that since entering the area is still too dangerous, no date has been set, but she said that once it is safe, everything is ready.
Anyone who receives an evacuation order must leave the area immediately.
Evacuation centers have been set up across the province to help anyone evacuating from communities threatened by wildfires.To find the center closest to you, please visit Emergency Management in British Columbia website.
Encourage evacuees to Emergency Support Service Online, regardless of whether they receive services in an evacuation center or not.
Those looking for a loved one can call the Canadian Red Cross at 1-800-863-6582 for family reunification services.