Air quality plummets in Metro Vancouver as wildfire smoke blankets South Coast

Manitoba affected by BC wildfire smoke, special air quality alert in effect

The air quality is considered unhealthy for everyone for much of King and Pierce counties, according to the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency.

Changes in wind direction have brought over more smoke to the area from wildfires around northern and central Washington, as well as from British Columbia.

Smoke from fires in British Columbia drifting into Washington and Idaho will cause unhealthy air levels through Tuesday, the weather service said.

Elsewhere in areas of Washington state, Idaho and OR, the air quality has been ranked as "very unhealthy", with Seattle reaching 249.

Air quality is expected to worsen throughout the day.

The National Weather Service issued an air quality alert for Western Washington through Wednesday.

Air throughout the region continues to be smoky due to fine particulate matter resulting from wildfires across B.C., according to the statement issued by Environment Canada. Unhealthy air is expected to gradually get better Thursday.




Kathy, from Skyway, sent this photo in Monday night, says her auto picked up a dusting of ash.

For more info on the smoke and how it affects your health, visit the Washington state Smoke Blog.

The homes in the Haypress Lakes Area remain under an evacuation warning while the warning that had been in effect for the rest of the subdivision was lifted.

"The levels we're seeing right now are ten to 20 times higher than the particle levels we would normally expect to see, and in some isolated cases, even higher than that", says Francis Ries, a Senior Project Engineer with Metro Vancouver.

In British Columbia, more than 10,000 homes across the province are on alert to evacuate due to the almost 600 wildfires burning, BC Wildfire Service spokesman Kevin Skrepnek said.

Many monitoring stations in B.C. are reporting AQHI health risk levels in the high to very high range, with some modest improvement expected in the next few days over the interior, but worse conditions along the coast as winds shift.

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