Officials report some headway on wildfires, but thick smoke hangs over BC

Thick wildfire smoke in Prince George made day appear night-like on Friday morning

Despite the thick smoke blanketing the province, there's no need to panic about poor air quality, that's what B.C.'s Chief Medical Health Officer is saying.

In Alberta, the air quality is expected to get worse on Wednesday.

While a special weather statement is still in effect for the Metro Vancouver region, the cooler temperatures and light rain have helped ease the smoke.

"Up in Brigham city, in the Cache Valley and north up into Idaho that's where the smoke that we saw yesterday has just moved a little bit north, so they're seeing those impacts up there", Bird said.

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After going 1-0 down in the first half, we needed calm and to make sure this confidence was not lost. "Yeah he was ill and yesterday we decided with the doctor and with him that he would not play".

"Infants have very sensitive lungs when they're born so the smoke is going to be even worse for them and depending on the level of exposure, there might be damage done to infant lungs, which might have lifelong implications".

The air in the Custer/Lynden area remained "unhealthy" into the afternoon, following "hazardous" readings at 9 p.m. Wednesday at a Northwest Clean Air Agency monitoring site.

The weekend is predicted to be overcast with a chance of showers in the mountains on Saturday and a possibility of more widespread showers on Sunday, according to the weather service. Residents in Portland, Ore., who were up early saw a blood-red sun shrouded in smoke and huffed their way through another day of polluted air.

More than 2,000 evacuees headed to Prince George after being ordered out because of an 850-square-kilometre blaze threatening an area from Fraser Lake to Fort St. James.

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After a slight reprieve, smoke-filled skies are back over Calgary.

Massive clouds of choking smoke from the wildfires has prompted air quality advisories for much of Western Canada. It said last year's budget allocated the same amount of money, but the firefighting efforts cost $649 million.

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