Officials are monitoring the air quality in Squamish as the district is inundated with smoke from a wildfire burning west of Pemberton.
Graham Veale with B.C.’s Ministry of Environment says particulate levels are much higher than normal — from five to 10 micrograms per cubic metre, up to 120 to 130.
But he says officials won’t put out any warnings unless the levels stay that high for 24 hours.
“If there are vulnerable people such as asthmatics or that type of thing, then they need to activate whatever protocols that they have to deal with it, or contact a health professional to discuss what they should be doing.”
Squamish’s mayor says the winds seemed to be blowing in their favour around noon, sending the smoke back out of town.