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Table 1 Summary information for local health areas (LHAs) included in the analyses, listed in order of 2006 population

From: Time series analysis of fine particulate matter and asthma reliever dispensations in populations affected by forest fires

LHA name 2006a population Daily average salbutamol dispensations (fire season) Area (km2) Fire season PM2.5 Fire season PM10 PM2.5/PM10 coefficient Fire season Mean PM2.5 (μg/m3) Fire season Max PM2.5 (μg/m3) Fire- affected?
Golden 7,024 4.5 13,350 2003-2010 2003-2010 0.51 5.7 74.0 Y
Revelstoke 7,897 4.3 9,307 2007-2010 2003-2007 0.49b 7.1 81.7 Y
Hope 8,062 4.9 5,280 2004-2010 2003-2010 0.48 5.0 33.4 Y
Kitimat 10,443 5.1 19,639 2003-2010 2003-2010 0.44 2.8 24.8  
Creston 11,917 6.8 3,789 2010 2003-2009 0.49 b 7.3 48.9 Y
Smithers 16,073 7.1 9,827 2005-2010 2003-2010 0.27 4.2 66.8 Y
Quesnel 22,930 11.7 23,732 2003-2010 2003-2010 0.69 7.4 139.4 Y
Cariboo-Chilcotin 26,150 12.9 44,695 2003-2010 2003-2010 0.59 6.1 248.1 Y
Alberni 31,077 14.0 6,809 - 2003-2010 0.49 b 4.8 15.2  
Peace River North 32,642 14.4 68,765 - 2003-2010 0.49 b 11.8 49.3  
Howe Sound 32,327 12.6 9,236 - 2003-2010 0.49 b 8.3 33.7  
Campbell River 40,173 18.0 13,624 2006-2010 2003-2009 0.50 3.9 41.7  
Cowichan 54,855 22.9 735 2010 2003-2009 0.49 b 4.8 37.9  
Vernon 62,227 29.9 5,555 2003-2010 2003-2008 0.38 5.4 130.8 Y
Chilliwack 79,302 36.2 1,314 2003-2010 2003-2010 0.40 5.3 35.7 Y
Maple Ridge 88,020 32.3 1,450 2003-2010 2003-2010 0.45 5.5 36.5  
Prince George 94,852 44.3 76,215 2003-2010 2003-2010 0.53 7.4 176.4 Y
Nanaimo 98,561 46.5 1,289 2003-2010 - - 3.7 48.7  
Kamloops 105,491 44.8 16,319 2003-2010 2003-2008 0.49 5.5 140.1 Y
Langley 122,219 46.7 323 2003-2010 2003-2010 0.51 5.5 34.0  
Vancouver Westside 129,011 24.6 48 2004-2010 2003-2008 0.52 5.5 32.1  
Abbotsford 130,008 51.1 413 2010 2003-2010 0.49 b 6.9 23.9  
North Vancouver 134,453 33.3 398 - 2003-2010 0.49 b 6.4 27.2  
Central Okanagan 167,323 59.1 2,942 2003-2010 2003-2008 0.56 5.5 185.6 Y
Richmond 182,652 37.5 124 2003-2010 2003-2010 0.51 5.0 40.3  
Coquitlam 205,495 52.6 733 2004-2010 2003-2008 0.50 6.2 42.0  
Burnaby 210,507 56.4 90 2003-2010 2003-2010 0.45 5.2 42.7  
Greater Victoria 217,374 65.4 113 2003-2010 - - 5.0 17.3  
Surrey 352,783 103.4 333 - 2003-2010 0.49 b 7.1 19.1  
  1. The forest fire season is defined as April 1 – September 30 each year.
  2. a 2006 was a national census year, and was also the midpoint of the study period.
  3. b Average from all other stations used.