Smoky skies across Greater Trail

"Depending on the weather patterns it is really hard to pinpoint where the smoke would be coming from on any given day." - Fanny Bernard

It was a bit hazy in Trail on Thursday and Fanny Bernard, forest information officer with the Southeast Fire Zone, says it is hard to tell where it is coming from.

“We get that question a lot,” she said adding it’s all about the weather. “There are so many fires burning across B.C., the States, the Northwest Territories and Alberta. Depending on the weather patterns it is really hard to pinpoint where the smoke would be coming from on any given day. It depends on a lot of things, but mostly the dominant winds.”

Bernard suggested visiting www.bcairquality.ca/blueskies to see a realtime forecast of where in the province is going to be the smokiest.

“It gives a graphic forecast for where the smoke is going to be,” she said. “They do a forecast for every hour. It is a model.”

The British Columbia Ministry of Environment suggests a few ways to reduce the affect of the smoky skies on residents of the area.

In a media release, the ministry suggests stopping or reducing outdoor activities, especially if breathing becomes difficult.

They also urge people to stay cool and drinks lots of fluids.