Monday, November 15, 2021
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Smoke from B.C. wildfires forecast to blow into parts of Alberta

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A number of wildfires burning in British Columbia right now are causing smoke to drift this way and into parts of Alberta.

The biggest fire in B.C. is the Christie Mountain blaze, in the Okanagan near Pentiction. There is also the Doctor Creek fire, north of Kimberley in the East Kootenays which is around 400 hectares in size and is also bringing smoke this way.

According to the website, FireSmoke.ca smoke is expected to move into parts of southern and central Alberta Friday (Aug. 21) and possibly again on Saturday as well.

B.C. has seen over 150 new fires just in the past week alone, many sparked by a lighting storm last weekend.

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of News Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and Funeral Assistant since 2016.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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