Air quality advisories in B.C.

Wildfire smoke is impacting many parts of British Columbia.

From Dease Lake in the Northwest to the Elk Valley in the southeast, to the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island, Environment Canada air quality advisories and smoky skies bulletins cover most of B.C.

Metro Vancouver has issued an an air quality advisory  for Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley because of high concentrations of fine particulate matter due to wildfire smoke from fires burning throughout the Pacific Northwest. More details in this air quality statement from Environment Canada.  Read more about the Fraser Valley Regional District’s air quality advisory.

Here is some advice from Metro Vancouver:

Persons with chronic underlying medical conditions should 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. If you are experiencing symptoms such as chest discomfort, shortness of breath, coughing or wheezing, follow the advice of your health care provider. As we are in the summer season with warm temperatures, it is also important to stay cool and hydrated. Indoor spaces with air conditioning may offer relief from both heat and air pollution.

Additional information about air quality advisories and smoky skies bulletins is available from the Government of British Columbia.