Fires in the United States will affect air quality in Metro Vancouver

US fires will affect air quality in Metro Vancouver

In 2020, smoke from wildfires in Washington State enveloped the skies of downtown Vancouver.

Smoke from wildfires in Washington and Idaho states as well as the interior of British Columbia is expected to fill the skies over most of the world. southwest of the province this weekend.

Low air quality warnings are in effect for the Fraser Valley and much of the southwestern part of the province. Environment Canada is also forecasting haze over Metro Vancouver on Saturday.

The provincial fire department says an inferno sparked by lightning in northern Washington state last month now covers 70 square kilometers. This includes 31 square kilometers in E.C.M-anning Park, located on the Canada-US border, east of Vancouver.

There are numerous active wildfires in Washington and Idaho states. The billowing smoke could cause air quality to deteriorate in southwestern British Columbia this weekend.

In September 2020, fires in the states of Oregon and Washington degraded air quality in Metro Vancouver for several days.

L The flames are 5 miles from the E.C.-Manning Park Resort, resulting in an evacuation alert for 180 properties near the community of Eastgate. However, no houses or infrastructure in the park have been lost so far.

The BC Fire Department is also monitoring an inferno that started Thursday evening west of Hope. Authorities believe it is of human origin. This fire has already ravaged more than 30,000 square meters of wooded land located in a very steep area near Highway 1. However, this important road link and surrounding properties are not at risk.

Another blaze in upstate Idaho is also sending fire. smoke in southeastern British Columbia.

Evacuation alerts are in effect for small fires in the South Okanagan and the Central Kootenay Regional District.

Despite this, only the E.C. Manning Park fire and two others in northeastern British Columbia qualify as a fire. ;important by the province, because they threaten structures or are very visible.

With information from La Presse canadienne

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