Alberta's smokey skies make it look like Mars (PHOTOS)

May 31 2019, 5:09 pm

The multiple wildfires burning out of control in northern Alberta have caused the cityscapes of Edmonton and Calgary to nearly disappear in a smokey haze.

The worst of the fires, the Chuckegg Creek Wildfire, has been burning for little over a week now, but it wasn’t until a few days ago that the winds shifted and the wildfire smoke really made its way down south.

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Since then, Edmonton and Calgary have both been seemingly swallowed whole by the haze, leaving both cities looking like they were built on Mars rather than Earth.

Special air quality advisories from Environment Canada are in place for both cities (along with basically the entirety of the province), offering the following advice for anyone having difficulty breathing in the compromised air:

Stay inside if you have breathing difficulties. Find an indoor place that’s cool and ventilated. Using an air conditioner that cools and filters air may help. If you open the windows you may let in more polluted air. If your home isn’t air-conditioned, consider going to a public place (library, shopping mall, recreation centre) that is air-conditioned.

Here’s a look at both of Alberta’s biggest cities on what would otherwise have been a gorgeous spring day:

Calgary

 

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