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Metro Vancouver Air Quality Moves To Highest Risk, Levels Worse Than Delhi

Metro Vancouver Air Quality Moves To Highest Risk, Levels Worse Than Delhi

"The signals are for some of these values and concentrations to continue to spill onto the B.C. coast on Monday and Tuesday", says The Weather Network meteorologist Tyler Hamilton.

Health officials are advising people to reduce or completely avoid strenuous outdoor activities.

As of late Monday morning, northeast and northwest sections of Metro Vancouver reported an AQHI past the upper threshold of 10, indicating a very high health risk.

In the United States, smoke from wildfires also clogged the sky across the west, blotting out mountains and city skylines from OR to Colorado, delaying flights and forcing authorities to tell even healthy adults in the Seattle area to stay indoors.

The afternoon camp for older players was cancelled, however, because the focus is on team training, fitness and agility.




Outside the province, air quality was expected to improve across much of the Prairies, as shifting winds directions pushed some of the ash south into the United States.

About 2,200 evacuees have ended up in Prince George, where some people said they were sleeping in their vehicles until other shelter could be found.

Harbour Air said Monday that flights to and from Nanaimo, Vancouver, Tofino and Whistler were affected by low visibility. When conditions are hazardous, the Spokane Clean Air Agency recommends people with heart or lung disease or those who have had a stroke, to consult their healthcare provider about leaving the area. "If your home isn't air-conditioned, consider going to a public place (library, shopping mall, recreation centre) that is air-conditioned".

She said the colors following yellow are the main concern.

Pregnant women should also take precautions because exposure to smoke can cause lower birth weights, likely leading to long-term problems, she said in an interview.

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