A haze from wildfire smoke is blocking the sun in parts of Metro Vancouver. Some people tweeting that ash is floating down like snowflakes. So far no air quality advisory issued.
The haze extends out the Fraser Valley; parts of Vancouver Island even Powell River.
Chief Fire Information Officer, Kevin Skrepnek explains there are a number of reasons for that…
“Hard to pinpoint exactly what incident is creating the smoke that is currently blanketing large parts of the province right now. It can also play into what the weather conditions are, if there’s an inversion going on, that can also trap some of the smoke lower down on the atmosphere than normal.
Skrepnek say the interior is also experiencing this haze.
Throughout the province fire crews are battling nearly 180 wildfires.
Skrepnek says most of those wildfires were sparked by lightning.
We’re responding to almost 180 incidents across the province, 134 of those are the result of lightning, which is unusual for this time of year. Also, quite frankly, the weather…we’ve had weeks of hot and dry weather across most of BC.”
Most of the province is under an extreme fire danger rating.
Since April 1st, there have been close to 850 fires across British Columbia.
Picture from Twitter: @JulianDierkes