Ministry of Environment issues health advisory

Avoid strenuous outdoor activity and contact your healthcare provider if symptoms arise

As of Sunday night, and until further notice, a wildfire smoke advisory is in effect for the east and south coasts of Vancouver Island from Campbell River to Victoria.

Smoke concentrations, according to the advisory, will vary and possibly lessen before getting worse, because of changes in wind direction and atmospheric pressure

The advisory recommends that people in the affected areas avoid strenuous outdoor activities, and advises those experiencing, “difficulty in breathing, chest pain or discomfort, and sudden onset of cough or irritation of airways,” to contact their healthcare provider immediately.

“Exposure is particularly a concern for infants, the elderly and those who have underlying medical conditions such as diabetes and lung or heart disease.”

Real-time air quality information is available at bcairquality.ca