Smoke season has arrived early in BC a result of the massive wildfires burning in Alberta.
- Chuckegg Creek wildfire has grown by 22,000 hectares in just 24 hours
- Aerial footage show the terrifying size of the Chuckegg Creek Wildfire (VIDEOS)
- New 300-hectare wildfire burning 14 km away from Trout Lake
Although Metro Vancouver’s air quality is considered low risk by the province’s air quality health index, according to Metro Vancouver Regional District’s air map, quantities of fine particulate matter are high in some areas, including parts of the city Vancouver.
The massive cloud of smoke from Alberta has reached BC, as seen through an image from firesmoke.ca, a website used to track smoke forecasts from wildfires.
There are currently no air quality advisories in effect in Metro Vancouver, but parts of central and northeastern BC are under special air quality statements from Environment Canada.
Places impacted by the statement include BC Peace River, Bulkley Valley and the Lakes District, Cariboo, Fort Nelson, McGregor, Muncho Lake Park, Prince George, Stuart Nechako, Watson Lake, and Williston.
These regions are impacted or going to be impacted by wildfire smoke over the next 24 to 48 hours.
The BC Centre for Disease Control recommends the following groups reduce their exposure to wildfire smoke:
- People with chronic conditions, especially lung and heart diseases
- The elderly
- Pregnant women
- Infants, young children
Metro Vancouver also took to Twitter to remind residents to stay prepared ahead of wildfire smoke conditions.
Get prepared for wildfire smoke events before they happen. Information and tips to protect the health of your family here: https://t.co/etaI7MpKn5 #bcwildfire #airquality pic.twitter.com/Cr62Q4gCu6
— Metro Vancouver (@MetroVancouver) May 28, 2019
BC residents can stay informed by looking out for information about air quality conditions and advisories here or on Environment Canada’s website.