Air quality to worsen as smoke returns

The grey areas of this map show areas under a special air quality statement from Environment Canada

Unfortunately, with an offshore flow expected, smoke concentrations will increase along coastal regions, including the Lower Mainland.

An Air Quality Health Advisory for Wildfire Smoke is in effect for northeastern Colorado - including Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins and Greeley - until 4 pm Monday. According to air pollution monitors, fine particle pollution is at or above a level that is considered unhealthy for sensitive groups.

A thick, smoky haze has returned to Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley, and the Air Quality Health Index (AQHI) in many areas is as high as it has ever been in recent years.

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It's the second summer in a row when air quality has been affected in B.C.by wildfires. Therefore, the government is advising the public reduce or reschedule strenuous activities outdoors; this is especially true for those who experience symptoms such as coughing and throat irritation.

Outside the province, air quality was expected to improve across much of the Prairies, as shifting winds directions pushed some of the ash south into the United States.

In the United States, smoke from wildfires also clogged the sky across the west, blotting out mountains and city skylines from OR to Colorado, delaying flights and forcing authorities to tell even healthy adults in the Seattle area to stay indoors.

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A province-wide state of emergency has been in effect since August 15.

Overall, hundreds of thousands of hectares of land across B.C. have been scorched by this year's 1,891 known wildfires - more than the province has seen in any full year since 2009. Forecasters say smoke from fires in British Columbia is expected to drift into Washington and Idaho, causing unhealthy air levels through Tuesday.

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