Air quality to worsen as smoke returns

April FrancisAug 21, 2018

At an outdoor soccer camp in downtown Vancouver on Monday morning, parents were advised of the health risks and were given the option to pull their children from camp.

"The signals are for some of these values and concentrations to continue to spill onto the B.C. coast on Monday and Tuesday", says The Weather Network meteorologist Tyler Hamilton.

Air-quality readings are off the chart in parts of Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley as smoke from B.C. wildfires heads south.

But Steve Weston, head coach of the Vancouver Athletic Football Club, said all the parents opted to let their kids play.

Smoke originated from BC's 600-plus wildfires burning is making it's way out east, with Alberta and Saskatchewan issusing similar alerts.

There should be "some" improvement to our air quality by late Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.

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About 2,200 evacuees have ended up in Prince George, where some people said they were sleeping in their vehicles until other shelter could be found.

Areas such as Squamish, Whistler, Nanaimo/Parksville and Castlegar also have a 10-plus air-quality rating.

On the weekend, flights at several airports in B.C.'s Interior and West Kootenay regions were cancelled or delayed due to smoke.

Puget Sound-area residents should avoid vacuuming for up to a week as they wait for the wildfire smoke that has again descended over the lowlands to clear. "Places like shopping malls, community centres, swimming pools", she said.

Those who have to venture outside for extended periods of time and have considered wearing a mask should ensure they purchase the right one. Elderly people may be more affected by smoke because lung function decreases with age, she said.

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