Rainfall could help reduce Special Air Quality Statement conditions in the Peace Region

Myron Mayne


Over the past six days, the Peace Region has been under a Special Air Quality Statement. But, meteorologists say the rain could help improve conditions.
Last Wednesday, Environment Canada issued a Special Air Quality Statement for the Peace Region - due to smoke from forest fires from the province, as well as Asia.
The majority of the province is also under a Special Air Quality Statement – some areas also have a heat warning in effect, which is not helping to reduce conditions.
Meteorologist says rainfall can be beneficial for multiple reasons.
“Rainfall can do two things, one it can help put out forest fires that are currently burning and two it can also help scavenge out those fine particulate matters that’s responsible for the high concentration,” said Lisa Erven, Meteorologist for Environment Canada.
Environment Canada says smoke exposure can lead to symptoms, such as increased coughing, throat irritation, headaches and/or shortness of breath. Children, seniors, and those with cardiovascular or lung disease, such as asthma, are especially at risk.
Meteorologists are expecting rain throughout the rest of the week for the Peace Region.
“We’ve had some fairly hot temperatures recently but, you know, we’ve got a trough of cooler air moving into the province, so we’re going to start to see temperatures drop down by at least a couple degrees in the Peace Region and we do have some shower activity in the forecast basically through the remainder of the week, so hopefully that will help improve conditions,” said Erven.
Environment Canada advises people to stay inside, if they are part of the at-risk groups, and to find an indoor place that's cool and well-ventilated.
To check the status of wildfires in the area or across the province, check the BC Wildfire Service website.

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