Wildfire smoke brings more haze to the Cochrane area

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Air quality in the Bay Area is expected to remain unhealthy through most of this week due to smoke from the wildfires along the West Coast, a spokeswoman for the Bay Area Air Quality Management District said Monday.

Relief will not come as quickly for B.C. residents, with the air quality index showing smoky conditions will improve only marginally by Tuesday.

The alert comes as the National Weather Service issued a red flag fire weather warning for large swaths of western Montana on Monday between noon and 9 p.m. Try to avoid exerting yourself outside when the air quality is this bad.

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Plumes of smoke darkened the skies over San Francisco late last week turning the skies a sinister orange. Air quality in Metro Vancouver remains at a rating of 10+ Saturday, indicating a "very high" health risk.

On days that the air district issues Spare the Air alerts, it is illegal in the nine-county Bay Area to burn wood or other solid fuels indoors or outdoors.

Those with chronic underlying medical conditions or acute infections such as COVID-19 should postpone or reduce outdoor physical activity until the air quality advisories in place are dropped, especially if breathing feels uncomfortable. "Individuals who are socially marginalized may also be at elevated risk", Environment Canada warns.

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