US wildfire smoke clings to B.C., wafts east to Alberta

US wildfire smoke clings to B.C., wafts east to Alberta

Air quality is rated as good between 0 to 50, moderate from 51 to 100, unhealthy for sensitive groups from 101-150, unhealthy for everyone from 151 to 200, and very unhealthy for everyone from 201 to 300. "We'll see what color it is later when I come in".

Air quality statements have been issued for four regions of southwestern Alberta along the Rockies, but the weather office says alerts will likely expand before smoke exits that province tonight.

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Due to smoke from wildfires in the US and B.C., Environment Canada has issued an air quality statement for the southwestern edge of the province, including Banff National Park, Canmore-Kananaskis, the Crowsnest Pass and Waterton Lakes National Park. The bigger picture is that the enormous cloud of smoke covering much of the states of California and OR isn't something that fully disappears in a day OR even a week.

"It's going to take a substantially strong weather pattern to move all the smoke", he said, according to the AP. Without a "perfect balance", however, Kranz told the AP such a wind could exacerbate some of the fires. "We just don't want them to be too strong, because then they could fan those flames and all of a sudden those fires are spreading again". According to California fire officials, the 2020 fire season has been record breaking, with more than 3 million acres burned.

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