CASTLEGAR – Smoky skies in the Kootenay-Boundary region are due to wildfires burning in Washington and the Okanagan.
The fires in Washington are approximately 100 kilometres southwest of Grand Forks and pose no threat to any Canadian forests or communities. There are currently no fires in the Southeast Fire Centre that threaten any communities, structures or major highways.
Smoke from the fires is expected to continue settling in the southern portions of the west and east Kootenays, as well as in the Boundary region. The Wildfire Management Branch advises anyone who is having trouble breathing to visit a medical professional.
The public is reminded that Category 2 and Category 3 open burning and fireworks use are currently prohibited throughout the Southeast Fire Centre. Check http://bcwildfire.ca/hprScripts/WildfireNews/Bans.asp for the latest news on burning restrictions.