Metro Vancouver announced Sunday it would continue a previous air quality advisory because of the high levels of fine particulate matter, which doctors say can be absorbed into the blood stream and lungs, causing exhaustion and confusion.
Poor air quality from wildfire smoke that's forced even healthy adults indoors in the Seattle area is expected to ease up later Wednesday, though officials warn that some of the hazy conditions may still appear into Thursday.
The good news is the return to clean air that Western Washington is known for most likely will happen on Friday, according to the National Weather Service in Seattle.
People who must be outdoors should consider wearing masks rated N95 to filter smoke.
At times Wednesday night, Bellingham's air worsened to the "hazardous" range, the worst category, and visibility was less than 2 miles.
The province has also seen an increase in trips to the emergency room because of shortness of breath.
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Close windows in your home, if possible, and keep the indoor air clean. "It's the best protection you can do right now", said Dr. Henry.
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The Wildfire Service said the smoke in the Kamloops Fire Centre made it hard to see new fires on the weekend and limited its use of aircraft to fight the blazes. So we have seen comparisons to cities like Beijing and Delhi. "While wildfire smoke does certainly has health effects, it is not the same as ongoing exposure to long term pollution like we do in some of these cities".
Trudeau met with John Horgan on Tuesday, to discuss the "urgent and long-term impacts of the BC wildfires and how the federal government can support people on the ground and help with recovery & rebuilding efforts".
This map from B.C. Wildfire Services shows how far smoke from this province is spreading across Canada.