Air quality worsened as wildfires burned through communities

Vancouver’s air quality affected as several wildfires rage and cause air quality to worsen

The air quality worsened across Vancouver on Saturday as dozens of wildfires raged across the region. Air quality began deteriorating in the early morning, the city’s air quality monitoring and evaluation agency said in an update on Twitter.

More than 3,000 firefighters battled a wildfire that started on Friday and moved into an area on the west side of the city. The fire, known as the McBride Fire, remained on fire and only 12% contained.

Some 10,000 firefighters battled wildfires in B.C. But air quality was already worsening as the fires burnt through communities.

A spokesman for the province’s health officer said officials are monitoring the air quality and that the situation is concerning.

B.C.’s environment and parks minister said a recent federal report on air quality in B.C. found that the province was among “four of the five most at-risk” to health due to poor air quality, but he acknowledged it was not good across the board.

The air quality in Vancouver on Saturday is at the same as it was Friday evening.

“Air pollution is a serious public health concern, especially for the vulnerable, including children and the elderly, and more so during the winter months,” said Environment Minister George Heyman. “We are committed to doing everything in our power to help keep our residents and visitors connected to health. We have a responsibility to ensure all people have safe air to breathe, especially those that are vulnerable.”

A fire at a warehouse in north Vancouver forced the evacuation of the adjacent property, which houses residents who have evacuated their homes.

Heyman said he spoke with the province’s chief of land management on Friday and that the response was appropriate.

Air quality worsened as the wildfires burned through communities

Air quality was worsening across the region. As of 9 p.m. PT Saturday, air quality for many regions was worse than the air quality five hours earlier.

The Vancouver Regional Health Authority’s website listed

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