Many British Columbians are breathing a bit easier this morning,
Interior Health lifted a smoky skies bulletin on the weekend as air quality improved. Interior Health says some wildfires remain active, but a the weather system moving through the Interior has significantly reduced the amount of smoke. The air quality in Vernon this morning is 1 - the lowest it has been in months.
The Finlay Creek wildfire near Summerland is now listed as 65-percent contained, and burning at over 22-hundred hectares. Sunday, the regional district rescinded the evacuation orders. Crews are keeping a close eye on a number of spot fires sparked Sunday by lighting in the central and southeastern parts of the province but, overall, the Wildfire Service says conditions on several of the largest blazes are beginning to ease. Numerous evacuation orders and alerts were downgraded over the weekend and the wildfire service reports the massive Elephant Hill fire northwest of Kamloops is 50 per cent contained. The Diamond Creek fire is now measured at over 8-thousand hectares. It started in Washington State and crossed into BC.
There are 166 fires currently burning across B-C, and nearly 12-thousand square kilometres of land has been scorched since the wildfire season began.