Smokey haze from Alberta wildfires has already reached Metro Vancouver

May 29 2019, 10:47 pm

Smoke season has arrived early in BC a result of the massive wildfires burning in Alberta.

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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, 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.

wildfire smoke

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.

BC residents can stay informed by looking out for information about air quality conditions and advisories here or on Environment Canada’s website.

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