The haze currently hanging over the BC skies come from both our interior fires, and from away. According to the Alaska Highway wildfire smoke blanketing Northern B.C. come from as far away as Europe and Asia
An air quality alert continues from Environment Canada. The air quality region for the Victoria / West Shore region is still a 2 out of 10, information always available through the SPN Weather page.
The fire hazard rating in Sooke and Otterpoint is currently extreme. Regular fire cautionary statements apply: feck the flick (extinguish cigarette butts in fire-safe ashtrays), be extremely cautious with any equipment that can cause sparks, and no bonfires.
From Environment Canada:
Wildfire smoke is continuing to impact the province.
During a wildfire, smoke conditions can change quickly over short distances and can vary considerably hour-by-hour.
Wildfire smoke is a natural part of our environment but it is important to be mindful that exposure to smoke may affect your health.
People with pre-existing health conditions, the elderly, infants, children and sensitive individuals are more likely to experience health effects.
The bulletin can be accessed online.
For general information about wildfire smoke and your health, contact HealthLink BC at 8-1-1 (toll free, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week).
Individuals may experience symptoms such as increased coughing, throat irritation, headaches or shortness of breath. Children, seniors, and those with cardiovascular or lung disease, such as asthma, are especially at risk.
Stay inside if you have breathing difficulties. Find an indoor place that’s cool and ventilated. Using an air conditioner that cools and filters air may help. If you open the windows you may let in more polluted air. If your home isn’t air-conditioned, consider going to a public place (library, shopping mall, recreation centre) that is air-conditioned.
From elsewhere on the Internet
Here’s a CTV news video about the hazardous haze currently over the skies of Vancouver.
To get a glimpse of what is going on in the Interior, here are some posts from the BC Wildfire Service’s page on Facebook.