Air Quality Advisory for Metro Vancouver, Fraser Valley

Air Quality Advisory for Metro Vancouver, Fraser Valley

"Looks like we could have a smoky week ahead. We pretty much maxed out here (Tuesday)".

We spoke with forecaster Erik Saganic at the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency (PSCAA) to find out how you can enjoy the great outdoors when the air quality isn't so great.

Day has turned to night in Edmonton and many parts of Alberta as smoke from forest fires in British Columbia continues to roll into the province.

As wildfire smoke blankets the province, the air we're breathing is more risky to your health than in Beijing, China. Not a single green dot - indicating "good" conditions - was seen in Washington.

The elevated levels of fine particulate matter are expect to persist until there is a change in fire and/or weather conditions.

Close windows in your home, if possible, and keep the indoor air clean. Using an air conditioner that cools and filters air may help.

Those recommendations are especially important for sensitive groups, Wineke noted.

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Sensitive groups should take precautions, including: children, older adults, and people that are pregnant, have heart or lung issues (such as asthma and COPD), or that have had a stroke.

The free OregonAir app uses smiling or frowning face emojis to quickly show air quality across the state. That's more than Los Angeles and even Beijing, which are both considered among the most polluted cities in their respective countries.

"It's just kind of something you half-imagine through the smoke", he said. That fire may be contained by September 1.

"The wildfire season is definitely not done", Wineke said.

According to Saxton, PM2.5 concentrations are highest near the mountains, but conditions are risky across the board.

"The last couple years have been a lot worse than previous years", he said.

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