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Metro Vancouver waiting for weather to cooperate as smoke looms in the sky

Last Updated Sep 15, 2020 at 4:57 pm PST

FILE - A haze is seen clouding over New Westminster on Friday, Sept. 11. Smoke from wildfires in the U.S. has been impacting the air quality on this side of the border for days. (Ashley Burr, CityNews Vancouver)

While smoke is starting to dissipate, it's going to take a change in weather before it goes away completely

As the fire that destroyed the pier in New West burns, a warning has been issued

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — The Lower Mainland’s smoke point in the region is starting to dissipate, but it’ll be a few days before it disappears completely.

Metro Vancouver’s Ken Reid says it’s a matter of the weather cooperating.

“The forecast for the next few days is quite similar to what it is now, so we don’t expect a dramatic change until a more significant change in the weather which would likely occur Friday and through the weekend,” he explains.

According to Metro Vancouver, the air quality has improved overnight, but the ground-level smoke is expected to stick around through the week.

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“It’s still a little bit uncertain what that long-range forecast is,” Reid says. “We’ll be continuing to monitor the situation.”

Smoke has been drifting into the region from wildfires burning south of the border and an air quality advisory has been in place since Sept. 8 in Metro Vancouver.

Meanwhile, in New Westminster, the wildfire smoke mixed with the smoke from the Park Pier fire has lead to a warning in the area.

“At this time, we are advising people, particularly those who have chronic underlying health conditions or acute infections to refrain from participating in any outdoor physical activity, and to remain indoors as much as possible while still ensuring they maintain adequate physical distancing,” said Dr. Aamir Bharmal, Fraser Health medical health officer. “The best thing you can do at this time is to avoid the smoke. Minimize time outdoors and don’t spend time near the pier.”

The fire started Sunday and could still burn for a few days.

NEWS 1130 Meteorologist Russ Lacate says while the quality is still poor, it’s at the better end of that scale compared to the day before.

Sun is expected to start peeking through Tuesday, with winds picking up by Thursday.