By Rana Sowdaey
BC Air Quality report for Metro Vancouver
Metro Vancouver.org has issued an extended air quality advisory “until there is a change in the current weather”.
- The warning has been extended to the Fraser Valley because of high concentrations of fine “particulate matter”.
- Fine particular matter “refers to airborne solid or liquid droplets” that are 2.5 microns in diameter. It’s also known as respirable particles because they can penetrate the human bodies respiratory system.
- It is also known as PM2.5. PM2.5 concentrations tend to be highest around busy roads, industrial operations, major ports as well as areas with residential wood burning. PM2.5 can easily penetrate indoors because of their small size.”
- People with chronic medical conditions are warned to stay inside.
- Find real time changes to air quality at bcairquality.ca or airmaps.ca
Water restrictions are heightened
Metro Vancouver residents including those in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows are being advised to tighten water use.
- Metro Vancouver has released its “DECLARATION OF ACTIVATION OF STAGE 2 OF THE WATER SHORTAGE RESPONSE PLAN”.“It is hereby DECLARED… that Stage 2 of the Water Shortage Response Plan be activated” (View response plan here)
Lawn sprinkling regulations:
- Watering lawns is permitted only in the mornings and only one day a week.
- “ RESIDENTIAL: Even-numbered addresses may sprinkle lawns only Monday mornings 4 a.m. – 9 a.m. Odd-numbered addresses may sprinkle lawns only Thursday mornings 4 a.m. – 9 a.m.
- NON-RESIDENTIAL: Even-numbered addresses may sprinkle lawns only Wednesday mornings 1 a.m. – 6 a.m. Odd-numbered addresses may sprinkle lawns only Tuesday mornings 1 a.m. – 6 a.m.
- Newly-planted lawns are exempt with the purchase of a special permit from your municipality.
- Flower and vegetable gardens, decorative planters, shrubs and trees.
- Pools, spas, water play parks and fountains.
- Washing cars or boats using a spring-loaded shutoff nozzle.
- Sports playing fields and school yards. Lawns at golf courses and turf farms.
- Engineering Client Services
5th floor, 507 West Broadway
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- Permit fees:
New lawns- $ 35.31
Nematode treatment- $10.00
Click here for lawn Sprinkling Regulations for Metro Vancouver and permit details
Campfires, open fires and fireworks are banned throughout the majority of BC. But still allowed in the area known as the “Fog Zone” along the western coast of Vancouver Island.
- 184 active fires are being fought across British Columbia with 9 evacuation alerts and orders currently in effect, impacting over 800 homes.
- 150 wildfire confirmed on Saturday, 180 confirmed on Sunday. 27 new fires started Sunday.
- All of the Lower Mainland is under “Extreme” fire danger rating. Also North Vancouver and Lynn Valley to Delta and Langley parks. On the island, Victoria and Nanaimo.
Delta announced closure of Watershed Park, the Delta Nature Reserve, and Burns Bog
Most other parks in Metro Vancouver released “Extreme” danger warnings due to dry weather. Including:
- Grouse Grind Trail: Extreme Danger warning
- Pacific Spirit Regional Park, near UBC, South Vancouver
- Iona Beach Regional Park, situated at the mouth of the Fraser River
- Belcarra Regional Park, at the entrance to the Indian ArmClick here for advisories on specific parks
Evacuation Alerts in BC:
- Huckleberry wildfire, Joe Rich Area, Central Okanagan Regional District
- Baynes Lake wildfire in the Regional District of East Kootenay and Columbia Shuswap
- Tsulquate River wildfire; Port Hardy area, Regional District of Mount Waddington.