Smoke from Siberia rolls into Burns Lake

A thick smoke haze rolled into B.C. from Siberia last week and the Ministry of Environment expects the haze to linger in B.C. for a week.

Local resident Wayne Wood sent in this photo of the thick smoke haze over Francois Lake last weekend. The building in the far left of the picture is the Francois Lake Ferry dock.

The weekend’s sunny skies were clouded by a thick smoke haze which rolled into B.C. from Siberia and Eastern Asia last week. According to Steve Saklyama from the Ministry of Environment, the smoke blanketing the Northern Interior region has rolled across the Pacific and is hovering around parts of B.C.

The smoke haze is expected to linger for a week.

The Ministry of Environment say an inversion has trapped the smoke in the valley, causing a thick haze. An inversion is caused when a layer of warm air overlays a layer of cooler air, trapping smoke and dust in the airshed.

The Ministry of Environment say the smoke haze in the Lakes District area is not attributed to wildfires currently burning in Colorado.

“Usually we would not see smoke from this far away,” Saklyama said.

An air quality advisory has now been issued for the area, as readings of PM 2.5 have been recorded, which exceeds air quality guidelines.


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