Thick smoke clouds the air across the Front Range Monday

Frederick Owens
August 21, 2018

While Metro Vancouver's air quality saw a brief reprieve on Friday, August 17th, the smoky haze returned the day after.

"Smoke is severely impacting air quality today", the Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency said in a tweet Sunday morning.

There are 17 large fires burning on more than 300,000 acres across Washington and OR with about 8,200 fire personnel deployed, according to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center. "This means that everyone should stay indoors, avoid all strenuous activity, close windows & doors".

An air pollution advisory for southern OR remains in effect until further notice.

Air quality alerts are in effect for much of Washington state through Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.

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"A mask is only going to clear smoke for you if it's fitted correctly".

Air quality has deteriorated across the province as more than 500 wildfires burn across British Columbia. Approximately 6,000 people living near active fires have been told to leave their homes, while more than 11,000 people have been warned that evacuations could be ordered.

Organizers said that the Tuxedo Junction concert, scheduled to take place at the Arbor Crest Wine Cellars Sunday, had been canceled due to the air quality.

The Shovel Lake fire is considered to be one of the highest priorities for firefighters. This can become risky at times with easterly winds throughout B.C.

More smoky, hazy air is expected to blanket much of Metro Vancouver and the Lower Mainland today as almost 600 wildfires continue to rage across British Columbia.

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