Smoke from BC wildfires prompts air quality advisories across Western Canada

A view of the W.R. Bennett Bridge in Kelowna on Saturday and how smoky the conditions are in the Central Okanagan

Smoky, hazy conditions are making a return to the Puget Sound region because of wildfires in British Columbia and the Cascade Mountains, according to the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency.

"The millions of vehicles on Bay Area roads during these hot summer months create unhealthy air quality and make breathing more hard for many", said Jack Broadbent, executive officer of the air district.

Environment and Climate Change Canada has issued a special air quality statement for Winnipeg.

A shift in wind patterns is expected to bring widespread dense smoke into western Manitoba throughout the day. A year ago saw several days of hazardous air quality in September, with Spokane pinned between wildfires to the north, south and east.

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"That smoke concentration is just going to increase on Monday and into Tuesday as well, as we await a trough of low pressure to push in during the middle of this week that will hopefully clear some of the air out along coastal British Columbia". "People with pre-existing health conditions, the elderly, infants, children and sensitive individuals are more likely to experience health effects from smoke exposure". But high levels of pollution can affect everyone.

Conditions are expected to get worse Sunday night and last through Wednesday.

An air pollution advisory for southern OR remains in effect until further notice.

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