It’s possible that smoke from the massive California wildfires could hit Kamloops.
Environment Ministry Air Quality Specialist Ralph Adams says the reason the Tournament Capital hasn’t seen any so far, is the lack of strong northerly winds that would blow the smoke into British Columbia.
“I am not aware of it happening in the past so in the 20 years,” he says. “I have been here in the winter we have seen dust storms from the Gobi Desert make it all the way to BC.”
“But I have never seen in the time I have been here, a situation where wildfires burning this later in the year far to the south of us have managed to cause smoke in British Columbia.”
Authorities in California have so far counted 616 structures destroyed, and 183 damaged by the deadly Southern California fire.
The latest numbers issued Friday morning reflect damage assessments in 57 per cent of the burned area.