An air quality advisory has been issued for much of the Metro Vancouver region, specifically Richmond, Surrey, Langley, Pitt Meadows, Delta, and New Westminster.
Conditions have deteriorated in recent days due to the burning of wood stoves and fireplaces, according to the Metro Vancouver Regional District. As well, pollution levels have been building up in the eastern areas of the region, within low lying areas and the valley, because of the build-up in pollution from sunny windless weather.
Residents are advised to avoid lighting fires and using wood stoves and fireplaces as their main source of heat. To minimize smoke emissions, chimneys should be inspected and swept regularly and only clean, seasoned wood should be burnt.
As a health-risk precaution, individuals with diabetes and lung or heart disease should remain indoors and avoid strenuous exercise.
Visual air quality looking east from downtown Vancouver at 10 a.m. Saturday.