Metro Vancouver Air Quality Moves To Highest Risk, Levels Worse Than Delhi

Those who typically walk or jog to work are advised to consider taking a bus or Skytrain instead until the air quality improves.

Forecasters are warning of unhealthy air for parts of the Pacific Northwest as winds push smoke from surrounding wildfires into the region.

Metro Vancouver announced Sunday it would continue a previous air quality advisory because of the high levels of fine particulate matter, which doctors say can be absorbed into the blood stream and lungs, causing exhaustion and confusion. Check the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency's website for the most recent conditions. We recommend everyone stay indoors when possible.

As of Monday morning, Environment Canada considered Calgary's air quality to be at a 4, moderate risk, on the air quality health index. At least 16 flights at Kelowna International Airport were cancelled or delayed on Sunday, while cancellations were also reported at airports in Penticton and Castlegar.

The air quality issues have forced many closures and cancellations in Spokane.

"A mask is only going to clear smoke for you if it's fitted correctly".

Doctors say if you feel unwell at all during the period of poor air quality to see a doctor immediately. Smoke may not affect all areas at all times.

But BC Wildfire Service crews were able to make some headway over the weekend, as weather conditions allowed them to burn fuel in the path of the infernos.

The poor air quality can be especially risky for people with preexisting heart conditions.