As wildfires continue to rage in the BC Interior, we in Metro Vancouver are feeling the effects of the smoky haze being sent our way.
The region’s Air Quality Advisory has now become the longest in our history, with no light at the end of the tunnel in sight for a few more days.
- Smoky haze in Metro Vancouver could become the 'new normal'
- Map showing wildfires and air quality around British Columbia
- 911 calls for breathing problems up since smoky haze arrived in Lower Mainland
According to the latest update from Kevin Skrepnek, BC’s Chief Fire Information Officer, there are currently 146 wildfires burning around the province.
Since April 1, 2017, BC firefighters have responded to 928 wildfires, which have burned an estimated 6,040 sq. kms. of land.
That’s roughly 604,000 sports fields, or an area 52 times the size of Vancouver.
In the meantime, NASA’s online Worldview tool continues to capture the smoke as it hangs over the province like a shroud, as in the image above.
Here’s a GIF showing how the smoke cover changed over the past week: