Officials report some headway on wildfires, but thick smoke hangs over BC

Thick wildfire smoke in Prince George made day appear night-like on Friday morning

It was a breath of fresh air, but it didn't last long.

"This is an issue for all of us who live near burnable vegetation, which is pretty much a large proportion of Canadians, even in urban areas where we have forests that could catch on fire with these extreme weather conditions", Daniels said.

Vancouver was ranked as the fifth-worst major city for air quality in the world on Wednesday.

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Particulates in the air sparked air quality alerts that kept many folks indoors, when they weren't snapping apocalyptic-looking photos of the dim landscape.

That said, it's going to take a while for the air to truly clear, according to forecaster Logan Johnson.

The air quality in the Tri-Cities was rated as "unhealthy" on Thursday morning by the Washington Department of Ecology as smoke from wildfires blanketed the Mid-Columbia. Infants, pregnant women and those with underlying health conditions are being told it is recommended they stay inside.

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"Even if you don't have any symptoms today having this kind of exposure really puts you at increased risk in the future", Blagev said. If you must drive, keep the windows closed.

Many float plane flights along the B.C. coast were delayed or cancelled due to the smoke-filled air. Believe it or not, there's an app that translates this air quality data into cigarette smoking equivalents.

What are the health effects of wildfire smoke?

"But air pollution is caused by vehicle exhaust and industrial emissions and has other components to it that are also harmful to human health", said Henry. Premier John Horgan says the province is looking at support for those suffering from breathing problems.

Air quality to worsen as smoke returns
It's the second summer in a row when air quality has been affected in B.C.by wildfires . A province-wide state of emergency has been in effect since August 15.

The air-quality health index provided by the B.C. government shows health risks from the smoky air had fallen by Tuesday morning when compared with off-the-scale readings posted for about one dozen B.C. communities on Monday.

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