Metro Vancouver Air Quality Moves To Highest Risk, Levels Worse Than Delhi

Ebony Scott
August 22, 2018

The deadly wildfires are not only destroying homes and burning everything in their path - but they're also causing poor air quality.

"We're going to continue to see that offshore flow bringing the smoke directly out of Eastern Washington into Western Washington through the day [Tuesday]", said Marriott.

Measured at 5 a.m.at a monitoring site on 12th Avenue, air here registered at 331 on the Washington Air Quality Advisory, or WAQA, index, according to the state's Department of Ecology. Forecasters expect some relief and air circulation by late Wednesday.

Benenati said along with the app, there are additional resources on DEQ's website if you're looking for more information.

Organizers said that the Tuxedo Junction concert, scheduled to take place at the Arbor Crest Wine Cellars Sunday, had been canceled due to the air quality.

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"I went biking yesterday, and I really felt it in my lungs, and I was really headachy and like, lethargic", Simon said Monday.

It's getting even harder to see and breathe, as an already difficult wildfire season is being compounded by larger fires than in the past and changing weather patterns.

Smoky conditions are expected to persist into Tuesday with some clearing on Wednesday when a westerly flow will clear things up later in the week, according to Global BC's chief meteorologist Mark Madryga.

Only far northwestern B.C. remains clear of the air quality statement in effect for the rest of the province.

About 550 fires are burning in British Columbia, the Associated Press reported.

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.

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