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Wildfire smoke blankets downtown Vancouver on Monday morning

Wildfire smoke blankets downtown Vancouver on Monday morning

Massive clouds of choking smoke from the wildfires has prompted air quality advisories for much of Western Canada and also forced the cancellations of two triathlons in B.C.'s Okanagan region on Sunday.

The alerts are issued when ozone pollution is forecast to reach unhealthy levels.

"The levels we measured at Hope over the weekend, from what we can tell... are, I think, the highest wildfire smoke levels we've measured certainly in the last few years", he says. Kitsap County and areas near the Cascade foothills are experiencing air quality ranging from moderate to unhealthy for sensitive groups.

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An expected shift in the wind on Sunday should improve the air quality.

Henderson suggested using portable air cleaners indoors to keep the air as clean as possible during smoky conditions.

Officials recommend staying inside with windows closed and air conditioners set to recirculate. Unhealthy air will be common across the lowlands, according to the National Weather Service.

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Measured at 5 a monitoring site on 12th Avenue, air here registered at 331 on the Washington Air Quality Advisory, or WAQA, index, according to the state's Department of Ecology.

Organizers said that the Tuxedo Junction concert, scheduled to take place at the Arbor Crest Wine Cellars Sunday, had been canceled due to the air quality.

The haze is better in some areas, but Environment Canada is warning of reduced visibility and air quality. Learn more about building your own air purifier by clicking here.

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And although surgical masks may give people a sense of security, Saxton said they are not an effective filter for fine particulate matter, which is so small it "can penetrate deep into the lungs".

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