PHOTOS: Satellite imagery show B.C.’s summer of smoke evolving over three months

NASA photos shows smoke blanketing Southern B.C. and Washington

British Columbia’s summer of smoke is continuing into September, and new satellite imagery shows just bad the situation is across the region.

A NASA image taken Tuesday shows nearly the entirety of southern British Columbia along with much of Washington State and large chunks of Oregon under a thick haze. Much of the smoke is coming from fires south of the border even as blazes continue to rage in the interior.

By comparison, early August’s smoke situation was largely confined to the Lower Mainland and western reaches of the Interior. The smoke originated with massive fires in the B.C. Interior while a stagnant weather system allowed particulate matter to settle.

As bad as it’s been in the Lower Mainland, though, the satellite imagery shows other areas have been dealing with the poor air even longer in this smokiest of summers.

Meteorologists suggest the smoke may clear soon thanks to the arrival of cooler, wetter weather.

As of Wednesday morning, the province’s air quality health index had several areas labelled as high health risk including Metro Vancouver, the Eastern Fraser Valley, the Central and South Okanagan, Whistler, Williams Lake and Castlegar.

For the current air quality health index, click here.

 

Just Posted

Dynamiters win Game 3, Nitehawks on brink of elimination

McDowell scores twice to lift Kimberley Dynamiters to a 3-0 series lead against the B.V. Nitehawks,

Vipers win pivotal game 5 to take 3-2 series lead

Vipers beat the Trail Smoke Eaters by a score of 5-2 and will look to end the series Saturday night in Trail at 7 p.m. at the Trail Memorial Centre. Contributed: Vernon Vipers Staff

Last call for Trail-Warfield Citizen of the Year entries

The deadline is Friday, April 12 at noon

Unofficially, Trail Smoke Eaters deserved better

Sports ‘n’ Things with Dave Thompson

Trail senior has her voice heard by Interior Health

At the end of the day, Rina is hoping that she was heard and that things will change

Stolen Bentley spotted going wrong way down highway found in Summerland

The car has been recorded going the wrong way on the Coquihalla, found two days later

1,300 cruise ship passengers rescued by helicopter amid storm off Norway’s coast

Rescue teams with helicopters and boats were sent to evacuate the cruise ship under extremely difficult circumstances

B.C. university to offer first graduate program on mindfulness in Canada

University of the Fraser Valley says the mostly-online program focuses on self-care and well being

Province announces $18.6 million for B.C. Search and Rescue

The funding, spread over three years, to pay for operations, equipment, and training

Late-season wave of the flu makes its round in B.C.

BC Centre for Disease Control reported 50 per cent jump in flu cases in first weeks of March

Tofino’s housing crisis causing some to seek shelter at the local hospital

Tofino’s housing crisis is pushing the town’s ‘hidden homeless’ population into the forefront.

Sentencing judge in Broncos crash calls for carnage on highways to end

Judge Inez Cardinal sentenced Jaskirat Singh Sidhu to eight years

2 fires in Victoria caused by cigarettes prompts warning from deputy fire chief

Two separate fires caused by cigarette butts were avoidable

‘Families torn apart:’ Truck driver in fatal Broncos crash gets 8-year sentence

Judge Inez Cardinal told court in Melfort, Sask., that Sidhu’s remorse and guilty plea were mitigating factors

Most Read