The Ministry of Environment in collaboration with Island
Health has issued a Wildfire Smoke Advisory for the east and south coast of
Vancouver Island from Campbell River to Victoria, including the interior community of
Port Alberni, because of forest fire smoke that is affecting most areas.
Health officials say smoke concentrations will vary widely as winds, fire behaviour and temperatures change and this situation is expected to persist until meteorological conditions change.
Avoid strenuous outdoor activities. If you are experiencing any of the following
symptoms, contact your health care provider: difficulty in breathing, chest pain or
discomfort, and sudden onset of cough or irritation of airways.
Exposure is particularly a concern for infants, the elderly and those who have underlying medical
conditions such as diabetes, and lung or heart disease.