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‘Very high’ health risk for parts of southern B.C. as smoke from U.S. wildfires creeps north

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Smoke from raging wildfires in Washington state is expected to float into British Columbia on Tuesday, turning clear blue skies into an orange-brown haze.

Smoke from wildfires in Washington state, seen over the North Shore from Vancouver on Tuesday, was pulled north by a high-pressure weather system, leading to hazy skies in B.C.(Ben Nelms/CBC) 

Environment Canada has issued air quality advisories for most of southern British Columbia, including Metro Vancouver, as smoke from raging wildfires in Washington state drifted north Tuesday, turning clear blue skies into a murky, orange-coloured haze.

Air quality in the Central Okanagan in the province’s Interior is off the charts and the health risk is rated as “very high.”

A high-pressure weather system pulled the smog from Washington into B.C. during the windy Labour Day Monday. The pressure is expected to hold on Tuesday, keeping the smoke in place over the southern half of the province.

Residents from Vancouver Island through Metro Vancouver to the Okanagan woke up to the noticeable smell and burnt, ashy taste of smog in the air.

Sunrise in Victoria was an eerie shade of red, mirroring blood-red skies in Seattle. In Kelowna, the sky was the haziest it’s been all summer.

The air quality in the central and south Okanagan as well as the West Shore neighbourhood on Vancouver Island was rated 10+ as of 1 p.m. PT, according to Environment Canada, meaning a “very high” risk. The risk in Victoria was rated at nine.

Around 2 p.m. PT, an air quality statement was issued for the Metro Vancouver region with more moderate ratings of six in the southeast and ratings as high as nine in the southwest.

At air quality ratings of eight and above, Environment Canada advises the public to reduce strenuous outdoor activities, while children, the elderly and those with health problems should avoid strenuous outdoor activities altogether.

Hurricane-force winds and scorching heat fuelled wildfires across Washington state over the long weekend, burning hundreds of thousands of acres of land and destroying most of the small farming town of Malden in the east of the state.

As a followup to the smoke, forecasters are expecting unusual heat in B.C. this week.

In the statements, Environment Canada said the same high-pressure system responsible for pulling in the U.S. smoke is also expected to push daytime temperatures 5-10 C above seasonal norms on Wednesday and Thursday.

Temperatures in Vancouver could reach 31 C by the end of the week, according to meteorologists.

Skies were hazy over much of southern British Columbia on Tuesday after smoke from wildfires in Washington state drifted north on Labour Day Monday.0:42

 

With files from The Associated Press

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