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Meanwhile, a smoky skies bulletin has been issued for East Vancouver Island, the Southern Gulf Islands, Greater Victoria, Whistler, Howe Sound and the Sunshine Coast due to wildfire smoke in the area.Environment Canada is telling people living in those areas to consider avoiding strenuous outdoor activities.The second we know details we will announce it here publicly.Anyone saying anything before then is misinformed,” the Facebook post said.John man was arrested for impaired driving a Williams Lake checkpoint on Sunday night.The city is under evacuation order and all traffic into Williams Lake must pass through checkpoints manned by the RCMP and Canadian Armed Forces personnel.The Williams Lake Tribune reports the Hanceville-Riske Creek fire complex could burn until there’s snow on the ground. “It will burn until we get snow on the ground and even in the winter we may still see patches of smoke coming out of those fires if there is not enough snow on them.
The air quality index for the rest of the Metro Vancouver is currently in the low risk range, but expected to rise to moderate this afternoon.
Evacuation orders for areas around 100 Mile House and Princeton were downgraded to alerts over the weekend, allowing many people to return home, but more than 20,00 are still displaced. The Red Cross is in charge of distributing support payments to people affected by wildfires from a provincial government emergency fund.“Bring a few days’ worth of essential supplies when you return home,” Emergency Management B. Grocery stores and other services are back in action, but it’s still best to plan ahead, he said.