US wildfire smoke clings to B.C., wafts east to Alberta

Tanya Simon
September 15, 2020

Vancouver now has a rating of 196 on the US air quality index (AQI), not far behind Portland, which has an index level of 218.

Portland's air quality was literally off the chart Sunday.

Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Portland are reporting some of the world's worst air quality levels Monday.

The index uses a scale of one to 10 to rank risk from stagnant or smoky air.

Both incorporated and unincorporated Canyon and Ada counties have burn bans in place and woodstove/fireplace bans.

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Canada Post is calling off service for the day in Metro Vancouver as wildfire smoke from the United States continues to blanket the sky around parts of southern B.C.

"Air quality is expected to gradually improve for most regions (Monday) evening and overnight as higher smoke concentrations move southward", reads the statement.

That's because Canada Post suspended service due to health risks from smoke wafting in from Washington State wildfires.

"Our run club leaders and coaches were very good about not putting the pressure on anyone to have to come out", Thai said.

If people are going to spend time outdoors during the advisory, Lowry said it is recommended they not wear cloth masks that do little to filter out fine particles found in smoke. Keep the filtration system running to try and keep as much smoke out of the air as possible.

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