The Regional Air Quality Program is a joint initiative between the City of Kelowna, City of West Kelowna, Westbank First Nation, the Regional District of Central Okanagan (RDCO), District of Peachland and the District of Lake Country.
Aligning with B.C. government initiatives, the Program aims to protect and improve air quality in the Central Okanagan through education, awareness and pollution prevention. For complete information about the Air Quality Program, visit regionaldistrict.com/air quality or contact the Regional Air Quality Coordinator at 250-469-8408 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For residential smoke (indoor appliances) and local air quality concerns, please submit a request online.
For outdoor wood burning please visit Outdoor Burning.
For industrial-related concerns about air quality in the Central Okanagan, please contact the Ministry of Environment: EnvironmentalComplaints@gov.bc.ca or call the 24-hour RAPP (Report All Poachers and Polluters) tip-line: 1-877-952-7277.
The Ministry of Environment’s reactive team collects information from all the received complaints and that data is used to support planned inspections. Any evidence of ash or smoke leaving the property would be used to strengthen a complaint. If you are including photos with your complaint, be sure the sun is at your back when the picture is taken.
Current air quality conditions
September 10, 2017 - The smoky skies advisory has ended for the Okanagan
Information for visitors:
When an Air Quality advisory is in place for the Central Okanagan, please check the Air Quality Health Index (AQHI) frequently as it can change within hours. Smoke concentrations will vary widely as winds, fire behaviour and temperatures change. Active wildfires could affect our air quality.
Visit the BC Air Quality website prior to your trip and during your stay to verify air quality conditions and learn how to protect your health. If you're driving, check road and weather conditions, as well as Wildfire Highway Closures.
The BC Air Quality website contains updated air quality readings for areas throughout the province, including the Central Okanagan. The site also includes the current levels of various air pollutants , as well the current Air Quality Health Index (AQHI), which identifies the health risk associated with local air quality conditions. The Index corresponds to the recommendations (below) for outdoor activities for those at risk and the general population.