Lingering smoke in area prompts health advisory for Island

Haze continues to hang over West Shore, other large areas of region

The Ministry of Environment, in collaboration with Island Health, has issued a health advisory for the south and east coasts of Vancouver Island, from Campbell River to Victoria, including Port Alberni, due to the lingering smoke from forest fires.

The advisory warns that smoke concentrations will change due to factors like wind, fire behaviour, changes in temperature, and the situation will continue until a change in meteorological conditions.

Officials warn the public to avoid strenuous outdoor activities while the condition persists. Especially of concern are infants, the elderly and anyone with an underlying medical condition such as diabetes and lung or heart disease.

Officials encourage the public to contact your health care provider if you are experiencing difficulty breathing, chest pain or discomfort, or the sudden onset of cough or irritations in the airways.

For information on air quality in your community please visit

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