Metro Vancouver has issued their fourth air quality advisory of what they are calling a very unusual summer.
This warning comes as smoke from fires burning in Washington continues to get closer to the Canadian border.
Air Quality Planner with Metro Vancouver Laurie Bates-Frymel says they have issued an unusually high number of air quality advisories this summer.
“This is a very unusual summer. It’s been very very dry and there’s the potential for lots of wildfires out there.”
“Persons with chronic underlining medical conditions should postpone their strenuous exercise until the advisory is lifted. And there are other folks who may be sensitive to air quality as well, infants and elderly.”
Bates-Frymel cautions that infants and the elderly stay inside until the advisory is lifted, and says people should refrain from exercising outdoors.
Chief fire information officer Kevin Skrepnek says while the smoke provides some cloud cover in terms of retaining humidity, it also makes spotting new fires troublesome.
“Creates invisibility issues in terms of our air operations; it also can be a bit of a detection issue because there is so much residual smoke in the air. It’s a little harder to spot new fires that are starting.”