Smokey skies for the PG region…


Tuesday, May 9, 2023 | 11:17 am

There are NO wildfires burning near Prince George at this time, so that means the smoke is coming from our neighbours to the east and to the north.

A Special Air Quality statement has been issued for the Prince George region.

Smoke from fires burning in northern British Columbia and Alberta is making its way to the Central Interior, most notable will be on Wednesday when the AQ index could reach 10+, very poor air quality.

Smoke is forecast to move in later Tuesday night and last until at least Thursday, according to the smoke forecast mapping system.

Details below from Environment Canada…

Smoky Skies Bulletin — May 09, 2023

The Prince George, Stuart – Nechako, Cariboo (including Quesnel and Williams Lake), Yellowhead, McGregor, Williston, Peace and Fort Nelson regions of BC are being impacted or are likely to be impacted by wildfire smoke over the next 24-48 hours.

Wildfire smoke may also be present to a lesser degree in areas neighbouring the regions listed here.

The next bulletin update will be available May 10, 2023.

The bulletin can be accessed online at:

Wildfire smoke can be harmful to everyone’s health even at low concentrations. Everyone can take action to reduce their exposure to wildfire smoke.

Take a break from the smoke at a location in your community where you can find clean, cool air.

For more information on current air quality, visit

Visit for information on how to reduce your health risk and your personal contribution to pollution levels, as well as for current and forecast AQHI values.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada.

Issued by Environment Canada and the B.C. Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy

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