Canada Wildfire Smoke Produces Nighttime Scene in the Middle of the Day

The grey areas of this map show areas under a special air quality statement from Environment Canada

Large wildfires in the Washington Cascades and British Columbia could make the air across Western Washington unhealthy during that time, the alert said.

"Local smoke levels may vary based on wind direction and fire characteristics but, until a significant change in the provincial weather pattern occurs, widespread air quality improvements are not expected". The air quality level is expected to reach into unhealthy for sensitive groups.

The poor air quality has also been affecting air travel in the province's interior.

The free "OregonAir" app uses smiling and frowning emojis to show what air quality conditions look like in different parts of the state.

Areas such as Squamish, Whistler, Nanaimo/Parksville and Castlegar also have a 10-plus air-quality rating. Some portions of the B.C. interior scored as low as 0 on the Breezometer Monday morning. People with chronic sinus issues, chronic lung issues, and asthma may experience symptoms as well due to small particulate matter in the air.

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Officials recommend staying inside with windows closed and air conditioners set to recirculate.

"Limit outdoor activities and keep children indoors if it is smoky", it cautioned. Doctors say if you feel unwell at all during the period of poor air quality to see a doctor immediately.

Reduced visibility caused by the smoke and haze is making it hard for officials to detect new fires and for crews to fight existing wildfires from the air.

The alert is the result of smoke from Canadian wildfires drifting across the region.

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