Smoky skies bulletin lifted for east Vancouver Island and other parts of BC



A house on Victoria's shoreline, which was depicted on Thursday morning, after a week of bad air quality due to smoke
A house on Victoria's shoreline, which was depicted on Thursday morning, after a week of bad air quality due to smoke

The smoky skies bulletin that has been in place for much of B.C. in the past week has been removed for eastern Vancouver Island.

The Sunshine Coast, Howe Sound and Whistler have also lifted the bulletin.

Light rains also made Saturday morning over the island and ended a streak of no rain that took weeks for parts of the island and for Vancouver.

A large part of the province and the rest of the island are still under the bulletin and experts say that much more rain would be needed to help the forest and the drought.

The bulletin warns that exposure to smoke can affect people's health. It also recommends that people with pre-existing health conditions, the elderly, babies, children and sensitive persons may experience health effects through exposure to smoke.

Some on Vancouver Island see an improvement in air quality with the Comox Valley, Nanaimo and Duncan are in a low rating – predicted to continue on Sunday.

Victoria and the West Shore are also low with a modest rating, and are expected to reach a moderate Saturday, but are predicted to return to the low Sunday.

Whole Vancouver Island is still below a level 4, or extremely dry drought. The B.C. Wildfire Service also reported that 69 fires had been reported on the island on Friday.


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