The smoke level did rise in Penticton, as seen from this panoramic view from the Western News office late Saturday afternoon. Dustin Godfrey/Western News

UPDATE: Smoky skies forecast for Okanagan mellows

Despite a previous forecast for a high risk on Saturday, the Okanagan is now looking more moderate

UPDATE: 6 p.m.

The Okanagan has not received the smoke forecast for the area in the provincial government’s air quality health index (AQHI), though some more smoke has drifted into the area than was present in the morning.

Currently, the South Okanagan and Central Okanagan are rated at a level five (moderate) risk, while the North Okanagan is rated just at a level three (low).

The AQHI continues to forecast a level seven (high) today for all three areas, but that’s expected to drop to a level six (moderate) for central and south, and down to a level four (moderate) for the North Okanagan tonight.

The AQHI has forecast the same air quality for tomorrow for all three regions.

Kamloops, which notoriously hit level 49 ranked as high as 14 on Saturday, in a scale from one to 10, but is back down to a level seven.


ORIGINAL: 9:30 a.m.

Though the Okanagan is seeing fairly clear skies this morning, the provincial government is predicting another day heavy with wildfire smoke.

Currently, the north and central Okanagan are rated at a level two (low) risk in the air quality health index (AQHI), while the South Okanagan is rated at a level one.

That’s expected to change at some point today, however, with all three regions rated at a level seven (high) today, tonight and into tomorrow.

Seven is the same level much of the Okanagan was rated at when it woke up to a thick haze Friday morning, meaning a fairly heavy level of smoke is to be expected this weekend.

The AQHI ranks from one to 10, though there is plenty of room above a level 10 (high) risk, with everything above 10 ranking at a “very high” risk.

Earlier this week, Kamloops reached a level 49 on the table.

Related: Kamloops air pollution double the level that triggered 2015 ‘red alert’ in China


Though there wasn’t much of a view on the Okanagan Lake Friday, the beach in Penticton was seeing some use from all ages. Dustin Godfrey/Western News

Just Posted

Osoyoos council putting councillor question to poll

Town is considering adding an additional two councillors to their roster, bringing it up to seven

Oz brings down the house

Laughter flies like house in a tornado at Cawston Players Wizard of Oz

Meningococcal disease outbreak declared in Okanagan

Five cases in last six months among 15-to-19 year-olds, including one in Coldstream

Cram the Cruiser huge success

Generous people made donations to the local food bank at Valu-Plus Foods Tuesday.

Greyhound announces rural fund plan

Greyhound is lobbying the B.C. government to subsidize rural bus routes

VIDEO: Average Canadian food bill to rise by $348 in 2018

Atlantic Canada and B.C. will see the most increases for consumers

AHUS patient Shantee Anaquod is home for Christmas

Less than a month after receiving first dose of $750K drug, 23 year old healthy enough to go home

Firefighter dies, thousands more take on California blaze

This is second death linked to the Thomas fire, northwest of Los Angeles

Moose calves rescued in northern B.C. are ‘golden nuggets:’ researcher

Calves discovered near Prince George in late May. Mother had been killed by a car

Missing Alberta man could be headed to Victoria

Police in Alberta say Vernon “Allan” Pickard has not been heard from since late November

Cineplex charges extra at some Star Wars screenings

Fans are getting a surprise twist at the box office with extra $1 charges for assigned seating

Police investigating firearms report at mall

Police received the call at about 5:15 p.m. Thursday evening at Cherry Lane Mall

Toddler sent to hospital following dog bite at Vancouver Island daycare

Malamute/husky cross involved in incident at 1200-block of Burnside Rd. West

Provincial Contractor of the Year awards handed out across B.C.

Deputy Minister’s 2017 awards recognize excellence in transportation and infrastructure

Most Read