Alerts for: East Vancouver Island
9:04 AM PST Thursday 26 November 2015
Special air quality statement in effect for:
Air quality advisory over Smithers and Vanderhoof. Air quality advisory and opening burning restrictions over Comox Valley and Alberni Valley.
26 nov - the Ministry of Environment in collaboration with island health has issued an air quality advisory for courtenay, Comox, Cumberland and Port Alberni because of high concentrations of fine particulates that are expected to persist for the next 3 days.
Open burning restrictions are now in effect for the Comox Valley within 15 kilometres of Courtenay city hall for a period of 3 days. No new fires may be initiated and no additional material may be added to exist fires.
Opening burning restrictions are now in effect for the Alberni Valley within 15 kilometres of the Port Alberni city hall for a period of 3 days. No new fires may be initiated and no additional material may be added to existing fires. The City of Port Alberni's fire control bylaw also prohibits land clearing burning and places restrictions on backyard burning. During air quality advisories, all open burning is prohibited within city limits as per the city's fire control bylaw no. 4876.
The Ministry of Environment in collaboration with the Northern Health Authority has issued an air quality advisory for Smithers and Vanderhoof. High concentrations of fine particulates pm2.5, are developing under the current high pressure system. Wood smoke is being trapped under the cold air inversion.
Avoid strenuous outdoor activities. Staying indoors with windows and doors closed helps to reduce exposure.
Persons with chronic underlying medical conditions should postpone strenuous exercise until the advisory is lifted. Staying indoors and in air conditioned spaces helps to reduce fine particulate exposure. Exposure is particularly a concern for infants, the elderly and those who have diabetes, and lung or heart disease.
Issued by Environment Canada and the B.C. Ministry of Environment and, if applicable, Metro Vancouver
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