Air quality around Puget Sound quickly improving thanks to onshore winds

24 August, 2018, 05:27 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
  • Thick wildfire smoke in Prince George made day appear night-like on Friday morning

It was only the second time in more than a decade that the emergency measure has been used, after a record fire season a year ago that blackened vast tracts of forest and prompted record numbers of residents to evacuate. Wednesday is expected to bring "high" health risks to most of the province, including Victoria, Kamloops, Prince George and Vancouver.

A new app, "Sh**t I Smoke!", created by Brazilian designer Marcelo Coelho and French app developer Amaury Martin, converts the air quality to the equivalent number of cigarettes that would be smoked to get the same result in human lungs.

Air quality across the Okanagan has improved in recent days, but smoky conditions are going to make a return.

Curiously, the especially poor air seems localized to San Francisco and the northern reaches of the Peninsula, while the rest of the core Bay Area falls in a lower category and regions much closer to the fires are merely "moderate".

"We're just wishing to see blue sky again", he told CTV News Channel. "We're all hoping for rain".

"We have serious challenges for public health and we need to adapt our policy making, working with all levels of government to make sure that as we go forward we're better prepared", said Horgan, flanked by federal Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan, Mayor Lyn Hall and Grand Chief Ed John of the First Nations Summit.


Thick smoke from the hundreds of wildfires scorching western Canada has blanketed the city of Vancouver, sounding alarm over risky air quality levels on par with cities in China or India, Agence France-Presse reports.

But Macdonald says that's about to change, with wind and rain showers predicted for Friday in much of Alberta. The Shovel Lake fire is considered to be the highest-priority of the more than 560 wildfires burning in B.C.as of Tuesday morning. "And that's kind of allowed the smoke to persist", he said.

Forecasts were calling for winds to pick up speed in the area Tuesday and Wednesday.

On the weekend, two trialthlons were cancelled because of thick smoke in the central Okanagan.

Smaller fires also erupted in urban parts of B.C. on Monday.

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