A smoky skies advisory was issued yesterday (August 13) for Port Renfrew and the Cowichan Valley, including Lake Cowichan, due to the forest fire smoke covering the area.
The advisory, issued by the Ministry of Environment in conjunction with Island Health, was prompted by a wildfire near Lizard Lake, 27 km south by southwest of Cowichan Lake. Reported to be 50 hectares (123.5 acres) on Wednesday, the fire has since grown to 150 hectares (370.7 acres).
According to the Ministry of Environment, smoke concentrations will vary widely as winds, fire behaviour and temperature change. The Ministry also warns that exposure to increased smoke concentration poses a concern for some residents, particularly infants, the elderly and those with medical conditions such as heart or lung disease, and that those at risk should avoid strenuous activit r prolonged exposure to smoke during the advisory. Individuals who experience difficulty in breathing, chest pain or discomfort or a sudden onset of cough or airway irritation should contact their health care provider.
The smoky skies advisory will remain active until further notice. Up-to-date information can be found on www.bcairquality.ca.