Alberta wildfire haze reaches Metro Vancouver as smoke season comes early

Smoke from Alberta’s out-of-control wildfires has reached B.C.’s largest urban centre.

Mark Madryga said satellite imagery shows the haze began rolling into the Metro Vancouver area on Monday and thickened on Tuesday.

“It flows down through southern Alberta, then in through the southern B.C. Interior and now into the Lower Mainland. Some can smell it here as well,” Madryga said.

Madryga said the haze is not expected to be overly thick but noted that it may become more visible by Tuesday afternoon.

“There is a lot of marine cloud out there… that is masking the visual of the smoke somewhat,” he said. “The marine clouds will dissipate afternoon.”

Metro Vancouver’s own air-quality metering stations show the region at an Air Quality Health Index (AQHI) risk rating of 2, or “low.”

However, stations in North Delta, Surrey East and Chilliwack all recorded “high” concentrations of fine particulate matter on Tuesday morning.

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