Air quality advisory for OR extended through Thursday

Ruben Hill
September 15, 2020

While the air quality around Metro Vancouver has improved slightly, it is still poor around most of the Lower Mainland.

Lowry says that although the smoke is visible in Cochrane, the good news is that it isn't affecting our air quality at the moment, and shouldn't be a deterrent from spending time outdoors.

Air quality in a number of cities from Vancouver Island to the Kootenays has been among the worst in the world, on and off, since Friday.

Environment Canada's air quality health index lists air quality at moderate to very high risk for many parts of southern B.C., meaning those with health issues should reduce outdoor activities. Other university locations will make independent decisions about closures based on the air quality of each area. Health experts have advised people to stay indoors unless absolutely necessary, with Multnomah County authorities going as far as saying nobody should be outside.

"Wildfire smoke continues to pose an air quality problem in much of the Northwest", an email to Moscow-based faculty, staff and students stated. It has also blown towards four regions of southwestern Alberta along the Rockies, but the weather office said the smoke was likely to exit Alberta province Monday night. But moving forward, they will decide whether to run depending on how fellow runners are feeling.

This story was produced with the financial assistance of the Facebook and Canadian Press News Fellowship.

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