A thick, smoky haze still looms over Metro Vancouver, and at least for now, it appears it will remain that way as crews battle wildfires across the province.
“We started seeing smoke on the ground as well as reports of people smelling it, and at that time we measured a 2.5 level fine particulate matter which is quite high and we issued an air quality advisory at that point.”
Air quality inspector Geoff Doerksen with Metro Vancouver is reminding those who are affected with chronic respiratory problems to remain indoors until the smog has lifted.
“Preferably in air conditioned spaces. It is quite hot so we would urge people to just try to keep cool, use a fan and cool yourself down as much as you can and keep your doors and windows closed.”
“I think the smoke is here for the night and we’ll see what happens. Really we’re going to be stuck with this until we see a shift in weather patterns.”
Doerksen adds winds alone may not make the smog disappear, as fires and consequential smoke seem to be popping up in all kinds of directions.
“We will need to see that pick up or shift directions to see an improvement in air quality.”
An air quality advisory remains in effect as well for the Sunshine Coast area – affecting Powell River, Gibsons, and Langdale.