U.S. fires to blame for any local smoke

Fires in south of the border are the main reasons behind a blanket of smoke that will be moving into the area over the next few days.

Fires in Washington, Idaho, California and Oregon are the main reasons behind a blanket of smoke that will be moving into the area over the next few days.

Karlie Shaughnessey, the Southeast Fire Centre spokesperson, said fires burning south of the border, coupled with the current wind direction are sending smoke to the southern region of B.C.

She added none of the fires are near the Canadian border.

Meanwhile on this side of the border, Shaughnessey said only a couple of fires are currently under watch.

Monday’s fire in Christina Lake is 95 per cent contained while a fire north of Skookumchuk is at the mop up stage.

Fire crews have been busy this season battling 157 fires since April 1, which has burned 997 hectares.

Last year at this time crews dealt with 97 fires, which burned only 39 hectares.

The Southeast Fire Centre said of the 157 fires this season, humans have caused 40 while lightning started 117.