Smoky skies in Hope from nearby wildfires

Smoky skies in Hope from nearby wildfires

Crews continue to fight Highway 7, Skagit Valley fires

A haze blankets the skies and helicopters can be seen, not heard, as smoke from wildfires rolls into Hope.

Two large wildfires are being fought close to Hope, a 25 hectare fire on Highway 7 and another 50 hectare fire in the Silver Skagit Provincial Park. Special air quality statements for the area warn of quickly changing air conditions from wildfire smoke.

While wildfire smoke is a naturally occurring part of the environment, Environment Canada warns some groups could be at greater risk. They include “people with pre-existing health conditions, the elderly, infants, children and sensitive individuals.”

If resident experience difficulty breathing, Environment Canada advises to stay indoors In a cool, ventilated area. While air conditioners may help, opening windows may let in more smoky air.