AQ for the EFV on Sept. 15, 2020. (Environment Canada)

Widespread smoke in the forecast across the region

Air quality and smoky skies for the eighth straight day from Metro Vancouver to the Fraser Valley

The Fraser Valley and the entire Lower Mainland are definitely not out of the woods yet in terms of poor air quality but the overnight rains were welcome nonetheless.

The air quality health index for Tuesday, Sept. 15 is still forecast “very high health risk” due to widespread smoke drifting into B.C. from fires in Washington and Oregon.

Health officials have been telling those at risk to stay indoors, especially for the elderly, and those with compromised lung and heart conditions.

Anything above a 7 rating on the AQHI is a health consideration, and the Eastern Fraser Valley has been at a 10+ for several days.

Slightly improved air quality readings in the Fraser Valley could be coming by Thursday, although the blanket of smoke is still expected to continue, and the smoke is forecast to become thick fog overnight Tuesday.

For the eighth straight day an air quality alert and smoky skies have been the dominant part of any weather report for the entire Lower Mainland region, and they remain in place for Sept. 15.

READ MORE: See drone footage over Cultus

READ MORE: Hoping for relief in the Lower Mainland


Do you have something to add to this story, or something else we should report on? Email:
jfeinberg@theprogress.com


@CHWKjourno
Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Want to support local journalism during the pandemic? Make a donation here.

air qualityFraser Valley

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

PHOTOS: From corn kernels comes an Agassiz king

Nathan Hertgers is the 2020 Corn King

Missing Chilliwack man not seen for eight days

Bruce James Madill last known location was on Paula Crescent on Sept. 16

Rivers could rise rapidly as heavy rains hit Lower Mainland

Larger rivers to reach peak levels on Thursday or into Friday, according to high streamflow advisory

Boulders near Harrison vandalized with derogatory word

Vandalism likely occured between Sunday evening and Tuesday evening

B.C. reports 91 new cases as officials remain worried over ‘clusters of COVID-19

There have now been a total of 8,395 cases in B.C. since the pandemic began

Increased border enforcement curbs cross-line parties at Peace Arch State Park

Gatherings between U.S. and Canadian citizens ‘a daily carnival’ – resident

B.C. Green leader says NDP abandoning environmental plan

Horgan’s claim of unstable government false, Furstenau says

Horgan promises more child care at $10 per day during Maple Ridge visit

Liberals say the NDP has failed to deliver on daycare

Mounties impound car of impaired driver celebrating birthday in North Vancouver

RCMP say the person was driving with their headlights off

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Transgender B.C. brothers debut fantasy novel as author duo Vincent Hunter

‘Transgender people are being misrepresented in popular fiction and media, and we aim to change that’

UPDATE: Abbotsford high school killer back in court for ‘not criminally responsible’ hearing

Gabriel Klein was previously convicted of stabbing Letisha Reimer to death

Most Read