Southern B.C. blanketed by smoke triggers warnings, but also helps fight against huge wildfires

BC Wildfires. Image credit: Unsplash Christopher Burns

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Vancouver/CMEDIA: Out-of-control wildfires have reportedly destroyed structures leading to poor air quality provincewide forcing tens of thousands of British Columbians out of their homes.

The fight against wildfires raging around Lake Okanagan has turned a corner after days of destruction, fire officials were reported to say yesterday with all evacuation orders and alerts in Columbia Shuswap Regional District in the southern Interior remaining in place.

With more than  380 active wildfires burning in B.C., the communities of Scotch Creek and Celista on the north shore of Shuswap Lake, a popular tourist destination about 150 kilometres north of Kelowna have been ravaged by the fires.

While smoke is blanketing much of the province, prompting air quality advisories and special weather statements, it’s also reducing the sun’s intensity, which helps the fight against wildfires, said Travis Whiting, the fire chief in Kelowna, B.C.