BC wildfires spark Metro Vancouver air quality advisory

Bruno Cirelli
Luglio 19, 2017

There is now an air quality advisory for Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley because of smoke from wildfires in the province.

Williams Lake in the central Cariboo, where thousands were forced from their homes on the weekend, is listed at a very high health risk, with a ranking of 20, although conditions are expected to improve through the day.

The PM2.5 now impacting the air shed is primarily smoke that has been transported into the region from wildfires burning in the Interior. Metro Vancouver said that the advisory is expected to last until either the wildfires ceases or weather patterns change enough to stop bringing smoke towards the coast. The increase in fine particulate matter in the air is of particular concern for infants, the elderly and those who have diabetes and lung or heart disease. The worst air quality in the province is in Williams Lake, which is now sitting at a AQHI of 20.

With warmer summer temperatures, it is also important to stay cool and hydrated.

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