The wildfire smoke that’s been blanketing Metro Vancouver for more than a week has finally thinned out, leading to improved air quality.
Environment Canada lists Metro Vancouver’s air quality as “low risk” again, the first time the air has been considered healthy in 10 days.
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Ever since the smoke from wildfires burning along the US West Coast rolled in on September 8, air quality has been listed as 10+, which is hazardous to human health.
Vancouver is now ranked 64th in the world in terms of worst air quality, according to IQAir’s air pollution city ranking. For most of the last week, Vancouver has been in the top 10 cities worldwide for worst air quality.
Some Metro Vancouver residents noticed the skies clearing up Friday night, and one Kitsilano resident told Daily Hive she could see the lights from West Vancouver once again.
But the views were absent again by Saturday morning, when clouds and light drizzle rolled in.
Environment Canada still has a Special Air Quality Statement in effect for Metro Vancouver, and its air quality forecast expects more smoke could roll in later.
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