Smog, smoke prompt Spare the Air alert for Sunday

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An expected shift in the wind on Sunday should improve the air quality. A wider air quality warning is forecast to remain in effect through at least noon Tuesday.

"The smoke from the fires up north is blowing down to the south and being held along the coast between the island and the mainland", Sarah Henderson, a senior environmental health scientist with the BC Centre for Disease Control, told CTV News Channel on Monday.

"Wholesale improvement to air quality is not likely until midweek". Some portions of the B.C. interior scored as low as 0 on the Breezometer Monday morning.

Saxton said those with medical conditions should stay indoors and avoid outdoor activities. People with chronic sinus issues, chronic lung issues, and asthma may experience symptoms as well due to small particulate matter in the air. Those who must go outdoors are recommended to wear a N-95 rated respirator mask.

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More smoky, hazy air is expected to blanket much of Metro Vancouver and the Lower Mainland today as almost 600 wildfires continue to rage across British Columbia.

The alert is the result of smoke from Canadian wildfires drifting across the region.

Late last week, the smoke reached into the neighbouring provinces of Alberta and affected air quality into parts Saskatchewan and even Winnipeg, Manitoba, a city about 2,000km (1,240 miles) to the east.

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