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Smoky skies bulletin issued for B.C., Prince George included

U.S. wildfire smoke continues to move towards B.C.
(via B.C. Government)

Prince George and the Northern Health region are being advised of possible smoke moving into the city and surrounding areas as a result of ongoing wildfires in the U.S.

The alert has been issued for a large area of the province as of 1:05 p.m. this afternoon (Sept. 11).

"Smoke impacts due to long-range transport from wildfires in the western United States have already been observed in some areas of Vancouver Island, the Lower Mainland, and portions of the interior," a statement reads.

"Smoke forecast models indicate the potential for a significant push of smoke into B.C. throughout the weekend. The anticipated smoke trajectory indicates that the areas impacted will grow to the north and east as the weekend progresses with the most widespread impacts expected on Sunday (Sept. 13)."

The bulletin adds at higher latitudes like Prince George, smoke may be passing through the region aloft. 

"With falling temperatures overnight, temperature inversions in mountain valleys can increase the likelihood of smoke being trapped near the ground. Localized impacts from the Talbott Creek, Woodbury Creek, and Doctor Creek fires continue to be expected."

The bulletin is expected to be updated on Monday (Sept. 14). 

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