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U.S. wildfire smoke creeping back into Metro Vancouver

FILE - Buildings in West Vancouver, B.C., are obscured due to the heavy smoke in the air Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. Heavy smoke and poor air quality have been caused due to the wildfires burning south of the border. THE (CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)
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Wildfire smoke is creeping back into Metro Vancouver airspace from the U.S.

The smoke isn't expected to affect air quality as that from U.S. wildfires did earlier this month

Metro Vancouver is also not anticipating issuing an air quality advisory

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — Wildfire smoke is creeping back into Metro Vancouver airspace from the U.S., but a health advisory is not expected to be issued.

Easing winds gave California firefighters a break Tuesday as they battled a destructive wildfire that was driven by strong winds through wine country north of San Francisco. Breezes replaced the powerful gusts that sent the Glass Fire raging through Napa and Sonoma counties Sunday and Monday.

The wine country fire is one of nearly 30 burning around California.

NEWS 1130 Meteorologist Michael Kuss said the smoke from the U.S. fires is creeping back into B.C., but it’s not expected to affect air quality like those did earlier this month.

“This smoke is getting drawn up into the atmosphere, cycled off-shore, and then pushed back in by an off-shore front,” he said.

“There’s a really good chance that it will cycle back into southern B.C. by Wednesday through the afternoon, but it looks like the smoke’s going to be a little bit higher up.”

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Forecast modelling for the smoke suggests it may end up creating a bit of a haze in Metro Vancouver on Wednesday, but is likely to clear quickly.

Kuss expects to see some smoke to linger in the atmosphere on Thursday, but said it should get flushed-out heading into Friday.

Metro Vancouver is also not anticipating issuing an air quality advisory, but says it will be monitoring the smoke closely.

Earlier this month. Metro Vancouver issued an advisory as the air quality in the region reached levels were amongst the worst in the world.