Smoky skies advisory rescinded

The smoky skies advisory issued last week had been rescinded.

The smoky skies advisory issued last week had been rescinded.

The warning was issued because winds blew a blanket of particulate above the Cowichan Valley from the wild fire by Lizard Lake near Port Renfrew.

While the skies are much clearer now, the Ministry of Environment and Island Health won’t hesitate to send out another warning should the weather turn and smoke pick up.

“The fire is still active and the advisory could be re-issued later this week depending on fire behaviour and meteorological conditions,” a media release said.

Infants, the elderly and those who have underlying medical conditions such as heart or lung disease are the most at risk from exposure to increased smoke concentrations and should try to limit their exposure. Those most at risk are encouraged to avoid strenuous activities outdoors during times of poor air quality.

Residents can stay informed of their local air quality and the air quality health index by visiting www.bcairquality.ca