Smoky skies, poor air from wildfires return to Northwest

Pauline Gross
August 21, 2018

The service says air quality in Western Washington is expected to worsen starting Sunday.

Two women's college soccer matches scheduled at Gonzaga University in Spokane and Eastern Washington University in Cheney were canceled Sunday because of the poor air quality, university officials said.

"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.

Those who typically walk or jog to work are advised to consider taking a bus or Skytrain instead until the air quality improves.

According to a release from Environment Canada, "elevated levels of fine particulate matter are expected to occur over the next few days".

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Environment Canada has lifted its special air quality advisory for the City of Calgary but smoke from the British Columbia wildfires continues to negatively impact air quality and has Calgary on pace to shatter the city's record for annual smoke hours.

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.

More smoky, hazy air is expected to blanket much of Metro Vancouver and the Lower Mainland today as almost 600 wildfires continue to rage across British Columbia.

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

The north end of Vancouver Island is covered by the advisory as well.

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