Smoke from wildfires triggers risky particulate matter alert in Vancouver

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If you are prone to breathing difficulties, consider staying indoors in a cool, ventilated place.

Special air quality statements have been issued across northern Alberta once again with anticipation that these statements will continue to expand as a shift in the wind direction ushers the smoke from the B.C. wildfires back across the Prairies.

Breathing in smoke from forest fires can be risky for everyone, especially sensitive groups such as people with heart or lung disease.

Smoke from wildfires burning in the Central Interior is going to push down into the Okanagan on Friday.

The weekend is predicted to be overcast with a chance of showers in the mountains on Saturday and a possibility of more widespread showers on Sunday, according to the weather service.

Our air quality in Kelowna is now sitting at 10. "Children and the elderly should also take it easy", the alert says.

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In his latest blog post, University of Washington atmospheric scientist Cliff Mass explains the mechanism behind this week's smoky skies: An express train of lower-atmosphere winds delivered smoke from fires in the North Cascades and southern British Columbia directly into Puget Sound.

Thick smoke from the hundreds of wildfires scorching western Canada has blanketed the city of Vancouver, sounding alarm over unsafe air quality levels on par with cities in China or India, Agence France-Presse reports.

Canadian Armed Forces troops have been deployed to B.C. during the floods and wildfires this year, as well as for fires in 2017. Residents in Portland, Ore., who were up early saw a blood-red sun shrouded in smoke and huffed their way through another day of polluted air.

The wind that clears the smoke from Seattle will blow east of us, worsening air quality in Eastern Washington.

Temperatures dropped Wednesday night, and a light drizzle settled in Thursday morning, accumulating 0.01 inches at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

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