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Flights back to normal, but air quality still poor as B.C. wildfires continue to burn

Last Updated Aug 21, 2018 at 6:17 am PDT

A smoky haze looms over Vancouver, Aug. 19, 2018. (Photo via twitter, @MetroVancouver)
Summary

More than 3,000 people are still out of their homes due to the wildfire situation

Thousands of people under evacuation alerts across B.C.

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Could you smell the smoke in the air again this morning?

Flights between the Southern Interior and YVR seem to be back to normal but an air quality advisory is still in effect across the Lower Mainland.

The B.C. wildfire situation still has more than 3,000 people out of their homes. Fourteen more properties have been added to the list west of Williams Lake, after a fire flared up late yesterday.

Thousands more are ready to leave at a moment’s notice, under evacuation alerts.

There are close to 550 wildfires burning across the province, 54 of which are threatening people or properties. The largest blaze, which is north of Fraser Lake, is about 850km².

The smoke means the air quality comes with a high risk for people in both Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley.

Things have cleared up enough for air travel to get back to some semblance of normal, after a number of cancellations over the last two days. There were even delays for flights out of Seattle yesterday.

However, the smoke was too thick to land an air ambulance on Hornby Island this morning.

Premier John Horgan will tour the affected areas around Prince George today.