Air warning continues due to U.S., New Westminster fires

Metro Vancouver says it is continuing the fine particulate matter advisory that has been in effect since Sept. 8 for Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley Regional District due to wildfire smoke from outside the region.

“Wildfire smoke from fires in Washington and Oregon continues to persist in the region,” said a news release.

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“Air quality has continued to improve since yesterday but ground-level smoke still remains and is expected to remain through the week. A weather system forecast for Friday is expected to bring further improvements this weekend. Localized smoke concentrations may vary widely across the region as winds and temperatures change, and as wildfire behaviour changes.” 

In the city of New Westminster, the fire at Westminster Pier Park continues to burn producing local smoke.

“Persons with chronic underlying medical conditions or acute infections such as COVID-19 should postpone or reduce outdoor physical activity until the advisory is lifted, especially if breathing feels uncomfortable,” says Metro Vancouver.

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