Increased smoke could be seen in Calgary as wildfire burns on (PHOTOS)

Jul 31 2017, 10:50 pm

A wildfire is burning in the Verdant Creek area west of Calgary affecting Banff and Kootenay National Parks.

Spanning 5,100 hectares, Parks Canada fire management specialists say the Verdant Creek wildfire is not a threat to local communities.

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However officials says, “warmer temperatures will continue to produce increased fire activity along the remote southern boundary of the Verdant Creek fire. This activity, along with potential burn out operations will potentially produce a large smoke column that may be visible from the Bow and Columbia Valleys in the afternoons, and may settle into valley bottoms in the evening. This pattern is expected to continue for a few days.”

The burn out could also potentially bring more smoke into Calgary over the next few days. The current air quality health index in the city is sitting at 5, putting us at ‘moderate risk’ on the 10-point scale.

Calgarians have taken to social media to document what the city has looked like with the influx of smoke over the last 24 hours. If this is any indication, we suggest staying indoors if you have medical problems and not washing your car for another few days.

Plumes of smoke, snowing ash, hazy skies. #wildfire #redsun #yyc

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Wicked sunset through the smokey haze! #seankingscotephotography #dailyhiveyyc #captureyyc #capturealberta #shareyyc #sharecalgary

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The #smoke from #BC is making the #sky all sorts of #weird in #yyc #nofilter #bruh

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Sit back and enjoy the view.

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