The Wildfire Service said the smoke in the Kamloops Fire Centre made it hard to see new fires on the weekend and limited its use of aircraft to fight the blazes.
Massive clouds of choking smoke from the wildfires has prompted air quality advisories for much of Western Canada and also forced the cancellations of two triathlons in B.C.'s Okanagan region on Sunday.
Gusts will be up to 20 miles per hour in the area, and the westerly winds will pull smoke back into our area and lower air quality once again this afternoon.
The 21-person crew is set to travel to Prince George, B.C.
"They cleared it out temporarily, but as soon as the front passed, it opened up the window for the smoke that was behind that storm front to come into the area", Bird said.
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The largest fire moved north from Fraser lake and measured 850 square kilometers.
The Montana Department of Environmental Quality has issued an air quality alert for Blaine, Broadwater, Cascade, Chouteau, Deer Lodge, Fergus, Flathead, Glacier, Granite, Hill, Jefferson, Judith Basin, Lake, Lewis and Clark, Liberty, Lincoln, Meagher, Missoula, Petroleum, Phillips, Pondera, Powell, Ravalli, Sanders, Silver Bow, Teton, and Toole counties in effect until conditions improve. The cost of fighting wildfires in British Columbia previous year was $649 million.
After a slight reprieve, smoke-filled skies are back over Calgary. Vancouver B.C. (153) was fifth and Seattle (118) was 10th.
She said it's time for the public to support initiatives including tree removal in forests close to homes as climate change creates hotter, drier conditions after decades of fire suppression policies that led to an accumulation of dead trees and twigs that act as fuel for fires that can quickly get out of control. N95 or N100 rated masks are usually available at hardware and home fix stores.
He said the current program involves youth employed through a summer job-creation initiative that has them trimming branches and picking up debris to rid the forest floor of fuel.