Air quality advisory issued for Vancouver due to wildfire smoke

Aug 13 2018, 4:40 pm

An air quality advisory has just been issued for the Metro Vancouver and Fraser Valley area.

High concentrations of fine particulate matter are moving in due to wildfire smoke from fires burning across the province and the Pacific Northwest.

A significant amount of haze is also visible throughout the city.

An earlier advisory was placed into effect last Friday due to a barge fire in Surrey. Although cleaner marine air swept through the area on Saturday, a late blast of northwest wind elevated smoke levels throughout the region.

According to a statement released by Metro Vancouver, “elevated levels of fine particulate matter are expected to persist until there is a change in fire and/or weather conditions.”

Anyone with underlying medical conditions is recommended to postpone strenuous exercise until the advisory is lifted.

“Exposure is particularly a concern for infants, the elderly, and those who have diabetes, and lung or heart disease.”

Indoor spaces with air conditioning are expected to offer more effective relief to air pollution.

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