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Special air quality statement is in effect for North Okanagan

Updated: Apr 21, 2023

A special air quality statement is in effect for North Okanagan. A dust advisory has been issued for Vernon.

This may be a concern for people with chronic conditions like asthma, COPD, heart disease, and diabetes, respiratory infections like COVID-19, pregnant women, infants, and older adults.

If you have underlying medical conditions or acute infections, you should avoid strenuous exercise until the advisory is lifted and maintain physical distancing when appropriate.

If you experience symptoms like eye or throat irritation, chest discomfort, shortness of breath, cough or wheezing, you may want to seek advice from your healthcare provider.

To reduce exposure, it's best to stay indoors.

You can find real-time air quality information at and visit to learn how to reduce your health risk and personal contribution to pollution levels.


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