Mount Christie fire in Penticton August 2020. (BC Wildfire Service)The Mount Christie fire burned near Penticton in August 2020. This year, wildfires have been burning around the province. A Smoky Skies Bulletin has been issued for numerous areas of the province. (BC Wildfire Service)

Smoky skies expected in South Okanagan Similkameen

Smoky Skies Bulletin issued for multiple areas of province

As wildfires burn in British Columbia, the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen is reminding residents and visitors that during a wildfire, smoke conditions can change quickly over short distances and can vary considerably hour-by-hour.

A Smoky Skies Bulletin has been issued for multiple regions across the province, including the Okanagan. People with pre-existing health conditions are more likely to experience health effects from smoke exposure.

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For more information about air quality advisories including tips to reduce your smoke exposure, please visit and search air quality advisories.

The regional district’s Emergency Operations Centre is monitoring conditions and reminds residents and visitors to take steps now to prepare for a wildfire or other emergency.

Due to the extreme heat and fire danger, please exercise caution in the backcountry and follow provincial guidelines which prohibit campfires, Category 2 and Category 3 open fires throughout B.C.

For further information including emergency preparedness and FireSmart tips, please visit

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