Air quality to worsen in Vancouver, Edmonton after brief respite

Shovel Lake fire

Shovel Lake fire

"It's just going to to take some time to push out".

However, the index is expected to top out at 10+ - very high risk - later on Thursday. "Most of the haziness we're seeing is just this residual smoke".

It blew in more than a week ago from hundreds of wildfires burning across Canada's westernmost province of British Columbia as well as US states to the south, and according to officials was expected to linger for several more days - marking the longest air quality alert in the picturesque coastal city's history.

Several areas were classified as low risk on Tuesday morning, but the air quality dipped as the day progressed.

Those most vulnerable to high temperatures include infants and toddlers, pregnant women, seniors, those working or exercising in the heat, persons with chronic illnesses, people living alone without air conditioning, and the homeless.

More than 2,700 people subject to evacuation orders have been temporarily moved to Prince George.

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Metro Vancouver announced today that it is continuing an air quality advisory for Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley.

The premier said the province's second "tragic wildfire season" in a row had impacted peoples' lives, public safety, wildlife and the B.C. economy.

The National Weather Service is predicting a rise in onshore air flow, sweeping plumes of wildfire smoke toward the east (sorry about that, Wenatchee) and moderating temperatures. The reduced visibility also posed a problem for crews working to bring the wildfires under control.

"We're getting finally a change in the air mass and actually that change is here to stay well through the weekend and into the beginning of next week", Meteorologist with Environment Canada Matt McDonald said.

"They're both holding within containment lines", he said.

Canadian Armed Forces troops have been deployed to B.C. during the floods and wildfires this year, as well as for fires in 2017.

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